Category Archives: Job Seekers

Sept. 28 job fair in Caldwell offers free burgers, lots of job opportunities

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: Sept. 23, 2022
Media Contact: Monico.Sanchez@labor.idaho.gov

Job seekers are invited to kick off the fall hiring season during a career fair scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 28, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Canyon County Department of Labor office parking lot, 4514 Thomas Jefferson St. in Caldwell.

The first 150 job seekers who show up will have their choice of a free hamburger or cheeseburger courtesy of CS Beef Packers, United States Bakery (Franz) and Sorrento Lactalis Inc.

Other employers attending include the Ada County Sheriff’s Office, Boise State University, EquusWorks, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Idaho Milk Transport, Simplot and many more. The employers planning to attend report having more than 500 open jobs to fill. Positions available range from bus drivers, construction workers, direct care providers, machine operators, teachers, welders and more.

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Seniors Benefit from AmeriCorps Senior Companion Programs in Idaho

Research has shown volunteers 55 and older who serve as senior companions often find they also reap significant financial and health benefits from the experience.

Photo; Elderly woman and older man talking on park bench.Idaho’s AmeriCorps Seniors Companion volunteers visit homes, help the person leave the house to go shopping, to doctor appointments and even the senior center for bingo. Volunteers also help with bills, laundry and engage in conversation over a cup of coffee.

According to a study on AmeriCorps senior programs,* benefits for individuals getting assistance include:

  • Spending time with others.
  • Living in their home.
  • Cost of living stays down. The median monthly cost of an assisted living facility is $4,051 compared to the mean monthly housing expenditure of $1,505. Annual cost savings reach $30,552 per person.
  • Improved health and decreased hospital visits. The federal government saved nearly $59 million each year on Medicare and Medicaid health care expenditures.

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Labor workforce services branch out to Idaho’s local libraries

Twenty-four libraries across Idaho are increasing their resources to offer job seeker services to their nearby rural communities, and the Idaho Commission for Libraries hopes more will participate.

Logo: Idaho Commission for LibrariesJob seekers in communities like Challis, Priest River, Kuna and New Meadows can now find help with writing resumes, earning their GED, going back to school and on-the-job training – all at their local library. Continue reading

Lewiston career event provides resources for job seekers to upgrade their skills for in-demand jobs

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For Immediate Release: Aug. 15, 2022
Media Contact: Lisa.Grigg@labor.idaho.gov and Stacey.Wendt@labor.idaho.gov

Job seekers who want to change careers and increase their earning potential will be able learn about jobs and training resources available at an Aug. 18 skilled trades career event focusing on welding, plumbing, electrical and HVAC industries. The event takes place from 4-6 p.m., at the Idaho Department of Labor Lewiston office, 1158 Idaho St.

Attendees will learn about pay scales, work positions and requirements for their specific field of interest from others who work in these trades.

“This event is for people who are not college bound or feel like they can’t afford the training necessary to work in their chosen field,” said Misti Sullivan, Lewiston Labor office manager.

Electricians, welders, plumbers and HVAC professionals in the Lewiston Metro Area currently get paid higher than their counterparts in other areas of the state. Electricians earn on average, an annual average wage of $77,000, welders average $52,000 annually and plumbers average $57,000 per year. Continue reading

Multi-employer job fair set for Aug. 18 in Boise

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For Immediate Release: Aug. 12, 2022
Media ContactJoe.Goitiandia@labor.idaho.gov

More than 30 Treasure Valley employers from several industries will be looking for workers at a job fair Thursday, Aug. 18, from 2 to 5 p.m. The event takes place at the Dick Eardley Senior Center, 690 N. Robbins Road, in Boise.

Participating employers include Amazon, Guerdon, City of Boise, Norco, St. Alphonsus, Darigold and many more.

Among the many open positions are paralegal, facility maintenance, operations supervisors, bus drivers, maintenance technicians, parks maintenance, financial analyst, housekeeping attendant, concierge, administrative assistant and marketing associate.

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Nampa career fair offers open jobs, information on paid training for skilled trades

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For Immediate Release: July 18, 2022
Media Contact: Monico.Sanchez@labor.idaho.gov

Open job opportunities in skilled trades and funding information to help people pay for required training will be available at a career and job fair Aug. 2, from 9 a.m. to noon at the College of Western Idaho Micron Education Center, 5725 E. Franklin Road, Nampa.

Among the 25 employers participating in the half-day event are Guerdon, Knife River Corp., Mountain West Division, Idaho Milk Transport, NxEdge, Tradesmen International and Darigold-Idaho. These companies and a dozen more want to hire and train carpenters, roofers, electricians, bridge workers, apprentices, machinists and several other tradespeople.

Funding is available to help pay for training through programs like Idaho Launch (idaholaunch.com), which offers qualified applicants 90% of tuition costs for approved programs.

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Twin Falls event combines community engagement and career exploration

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For Immediate Release: June 14, 2022
Media Contact: Kent.Oltrogge@labor.idaho.gov

An event June 18 at Twin Falls City Park, located at 400 Shoshone St., E., will showcase area community organizations to encourage engagement with residents while providing information on potential careers.

The Community Engagement and Career Event, hosted by the Idaho Department of Labor, runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will involve local and state government agencies, nonprofits, first responders and community providers. 

Among first responders will be Magic Valley Paramedics, the city of Twin Falls Police and Fire departments, Twin Falls County Sheriff’s Office and Twin Falls Search and Rescue Team. Some of the equipment they use will be on display, such as an ambulance, a ropes rescue vehicle, police, sheriff and fire vehicles. Continue reading

Local employers to fill open jobs at Caldwell June 16 summer job fair

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: June 13, 2022
Media Contact: Monico.Sanchez@labor.idaho.gov

People looking for a new job or career change can explore immediate openings with more than 50 local employers at Caldwell’s summer job fair. The event – hosted by the Idaho Department of Labor – is set for Thursday, June 16, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at its Caldwell office, 4514 Thomas Jefferson St.

Employers will be trying to fill job openings such as caregivers, general laborers, registered nurses, teachers, drivers, welders, assemblers, office staff, sales representatives, managers, warehouse workers and more.

Participating employers include Saint Alphonsus, D & B Supply, Amazon, Amalgamated Sugar, Northwest Traffic Services, Franz Bakery, the Treasure Valley YMCA, local staffing agencies and more. For a full list of employers, visit Labor’s calendar of events.

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Labor employment services now available in more than 20 southwestern Idaho mobile locations

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: June 13, 2022
Media Contact: jill.kleist@labor.idaho.gov

Idahoans living in remote, rural areas in southwestern Idaho can now get help finding a job in 21 Idaho Department of Labor mobile locations throughout southwestern Idaho.

Customized services like help finding a new job, access to training resources or landing a job that pays well can now be found in rural communities like Cascade, Council, Eagle, Emmett, Garden City, Garden Valley, Glenns Ferry, Grand View, Horseshoe Bend, Kuna, McCall, Meridian, Middleton, Midvale, Mountain Home, New Meadows, Payette, Star, Weiser as well as two locations in Boise.

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Labor expands employment services in southeastern Idaho

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: May 26, 2022
Media Contact: Jill.Kleist@labor.idaho.gov

Job search, resume assistance available in seven southeastern Idaho communities – from American Falls to the Utah border.

Idahoans living in rural southeastern Idaho have more options for obtaining services from the Idaho Department of Labor.

With a variety of office hours in seven regional mobile locations – Aberdeen, American Falls, Blackfoot, Malad, Montpelier, Preston and Soda Springs – customers can access services such as resume writing, filling out job applications, preparing for an interview, filing for unemployment benefits and learning about training resources.

These mobile sites are in addition to Labor’s full-service office in Pocatello.

All mobile locations offer walk-in hours and appointments staffed with an Idaho Department of Labor workforce consultant.

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