Author Archives: Idaho Department of Labor

About Idaho Department of Labor

Our vision is to be Idaho’s first choice for employment services. We connect job seekers with Idaho employers, deliver employment services to Idaho businesses and support people during career and life transitions.

Labor Expands its Service Delivery to Challis and Wieppe


For Immediate Release: Sept. 27, 2021
Media Contact: Georgia Smith, or Kellye Sharp,

Salmon and Orofino transition to remote locations

Challis and Wieppe are the two newest communities to be added to the Idaho Department of Labor’s roster of remote service delivery locations, effective Oct. 4.

The two new locations will increase the number of rural Idaho communities receiving direct access to the department’s employment services to 50.

Labor’s Orofino and Salmon offices will also transition to remote service delivery sites and will close Sept. 27. The mobile services locations open Oct. 4.

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Employer Online Seminar Sept. 29 Focuses on Idaho Labor Laws


For Immediate Release: Sept. 22, 2021
Media Contact: Kandi Rudd,

Southeastern Idaho employers are invited to attend a Zoom seminar Sept. 29 focusing on Idaho labor laws and how they protect workers and employers. The seminar runs from 9-10 a.m.

Artie Holmes, state program supervisor for Idaho Labor’s wage & hour division, will lead the discussion, covering minimum wage, overtime, child labor, wage payment and more.

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Idaho’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 2.9% for August


For Immediate Release: Sept. 17, 2021
Media Contact: Craig Shaul, or Karen Jarboe Singletary,

Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased by one-tenth of a percent from July to 2.9%.

August was the first time Idaho’s unemployment rate dropped below 3% since March of 2020. The state’s previous streak of unemployment rates under 3% lasted for 26 months – from February 2018 to March 2020.

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Boise Multi-Employer Job Fair Set for Sept. 22


For Immediate Release: Sept. 15, 2021
Media Contact: Joe Goitiandia,

Idaho Labor is hosting a multi-employer job fair Sept. 22, from noon to 4 p.m., at The Grove Hotel, 245 So. Capitol Blvd., in Boise.

Job seekers can meet with up to 40 employers in one location representing a variety of industries offering jobs – some remote – for roles in customer service, retail sales, hospitality and health care. Jobs include direct support professionals, route drivers, and packaging and warehouse workers.

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60+ Employers Participating in Caldwell Hiring Event Sept. 15


For Immediate Release: Sept. 9, 2021
Media Contact: Robert Vetter,

More than 60 Idaho employers with a variety of jobs to fill are participating in an outdoor hiring event in Caldwell on Wednesday, Sept. 15.

The three-hour event starts at 4 to 7 p.m. at the Idaho Department of Labor office in Caldwell at 4514 Thomas Jefferson St.

Among employers attending are Franklin Sensors, Hansen-Rice Inc., Materne Go Go Squeeze, Idaho Transportation Department, CSB Craig Stein Beverage, Canyon West of Cascadia, ProPak, Sparklight, CHF Home Furnishings, State Veterans Home, Schwan’s Home Delivery and many more.

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State Hospital North Holding Hiring Event in Orofino Sept. 15


For Immediate Release: Sept. 8, 2021
Media Contact: Diane Hairston,

The Idaho Department of Labor is hosting a hiring event in Orofino on Sept. 15 for State Hospital North. The event takes place from 9 a.m. to noon at the Idaho Labor office, 416 Johnson Ave.

SHN is expanding staff and has created new positions in a variety of occupations, including medical, financial, food service, clerical and maintenance. Job titles include maintenance craftsman senior, office services supervisor 2, health information specialist and dietary aide senior.

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Census 2020 Confirms Idaho Ranks Second Nationally in Population Growth

Idaho’s population grew 17.3% in the 10 years since the 2010 Census, which was the second-fastest rate nationally, to Utah’s first-place growth of 18.5%. During the decade, the state netted 271,524 new residents through natural increases and in-migration internationally and from other U.S. states. After Utah and Idaho, the top five growth states included Texas, North Dakota and Nevada.

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Census 2020 reports that among Idaho’s 200 cities and towns, 37 outpaced the state growth rates from 2010 to 2020. This data springboards off the Aug. 12, 2021, release of Census 2020 statistics and is commonly referred to as redistricting data.

It provides information necessary for the process of redrawing political boundaries, both statewide and locally, after each decennial census. The largest numerical increases were in and around the capital city of Boise and the surrounding Treasure Valley, contributing mightily to the headline-grabbing growth.

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Around Idaho: Economic Activity in August 2021

Information provided in these news updates is from professional sources, news releases, weekly and daily newspapers, television and other media.

Northern Idaho
North Central Idaho
Southwestern Idaho
South Central Idaho
Eastern Idaho


NORTHERN IDAHO – Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai & Shoshone counties

Kootenai County

  • Fire restrictions across northern Idaho were rescinded on Aug. 27 after cooler weather and moisture abated the summer fire danger. The Coeur d’Alene Dispatch Zone, which includes all five northern counties, announced the end of fire restrictions and lowered the fire danger rating from extreme levels, easing restrictions on recreationists. Source: Coeur d’Alene Press
  • Amid rising COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, institutions are reinstating public health measures. North Idaho College renewed its mandatory masking policy, while Kootenai Health announced changes to its visitation policy amid rising COVID hospitalizations. Source: KHQ News


Coeur d’Alene

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  • Mending Muscles Massage
  • Two Lakes Inn
  • Sand Trap Indoor Golf
  • Inland Café & Tea
  • Nspire Tours
  • Axes and Arrows
  • Jitterz Espresso
  • UGM Thrift Store
  • Oxyfresh

Post Falls

  • Invisible Fence
  • Splash Rentals
  • Bruchi’s Eatery


  • Dairy Queen in Hayden
  • Vogel Massage in Dalton, regional economist
Idaho Department of Labor
(208) 457-8789 ext. 4451

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Idaho’s July Unemployment Rate Unchanged at 3%


For Immediate Release: Aug. 20, 2021
Media Contact: Craig Shaul, or Karen Jarboe Singletary at

Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 3% from June to July.

Total employment grew to 876,204, up 0.1% (+1,094), while total unemployment dropped 1.6% (-429) to 26,717.

Idaho’s labor force grew by one-tenth of a percent to 902,921 (+665), marking four consecutive months of gains. The labor force participation rate decreased from 62.6% to 62.5%.

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Boise Multi-Employer Hiring Event Set for Aug. 24


For Immediate Release: Aug. 17, 2021
Media Contact: Joe Goitiandia,

Job seekers are encouraged to attend a multi-employer hiring event Tuesday, Aug. 24, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Boise Holiday Inn, 2970 W. Elder St.

Employers have openings in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, customer service, retail sales, hospitality and healthcare for such jobs as direct support professionals, route drivers, and packaging and warehouse workers.

Among employers participating are Holiday Inn, Scentsy, Sorrento Lactalis, DIRECTV, Amazon, O’Reilly Auto Parts,, Ada County Sheriff’s Office, Durham Bus, Guerdon and many more.

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