April 11 webinar: Importance of rare-earth elements on Idaho’s labor market


For Immediate Release: April 4, 2023
Media Contact: Craig.Shaul@labor.idaho.gov

Rare-earth elements, including the types, uses and labor market impact will be discussed during a free webinar, April 11, 11 a.m. to noon (MDT) via Zoom.

These elements consist of 17 metals used in electrical components, engines and more.

Idaho Department of Labor economist Ryan Whitesides said there are employment shifts within the rare-earth and critical mining industry, mostly in eastern Idaho, Lemhi and surrounding counties, from where their workers may commute. 

“Non-seasonal employment numbers are fluctuating and more volatile relative to other industry sectors,” said Whitesides. 

Learn more about the topic and register for the webinar here.

Whitesides graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Goddard School of Business and Economics at Weber State University. Prior to joining the department, Whitesides was a consultant for state agencies in Idaho and Florida. He was also the business services coordinator for the State of Florida’s Job Center Network and Department of Economic Opportunity.

Prior to these roles, he worked for the U.S. Department of Labor in Employment and Training Administration. There, he worked with many states including Utah, Montana, Illinois and Wisconsin. 

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This webinar is 100% funded by the U.S. Department of Labor as part of an Employment and Training Administration grant award totaling $695,785.