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Idaho Labor Seeks Youth in Need of Employment, Career, Education Support

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For Immediate Release: Nov. 22, 2021
Media Contact: Georgia Smith, georgia.smith@labor.idaho.gov

Out-of-school youth between ages 16 and 24 now have numerous opportunities to learn new skills and increase their earnings through apprenticeships, on-the-job and vocational training and much more thanks to a federal program managed by the Idaho Department of Labor.

“Qualified individuals have so many options with this program,” said Keith Whiting, career planner.

We can open doors to new skills, job opportunities and better pay!Hundreds of young people are already benefitting from the program, with more than 1,000 served during the past two years. The state of Idaho receives annual funding – around $2.8 million in 2021 – in Idaho Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funds to offer these services.

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Idaho’s October Unemployment Rate Drops to 2.8%

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For Immediate Release: Nov. 19, 2021
Media Contact: Craig Shaul, Craig.Shaul@labor.idaho.gov or Karen Jarboe Singletary, Karen.JarboeSingletary@labor.idaho.gov

Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 2.8% in October, down 0.1 percentage points from September.

The state’s labor force grew by 1,470 (0.2%) people to 907,622 – the second largest over-the-month increase this year. The labor force participation rate remained at 62.4%.

Total employment grew by 2,270 to 882,543, up 0.3%, while total unemployment dropped 3.2% (-800) to 25,079.

Idaho’s nonfarm payroll jobs were 1,300 below seasonal expectations at 785,700 in October, down 0.2% from 787,000 in September. Industries with fewer jobs than expected included information (-3.8%); accommodation and food services (-2.5%); transportation, warehouse and utilities (-1.1%); federal government (-0.8%); professional and business services (-0.4%); retail trade (-0.2%); and financial activities (-0.2%). Continue reading

Idaho Volunteers Recognized with Governor Andrus Volunteer of the Year Award

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For Immediate Release: Nov. 12, 2021
Media Contact: Renee Bade, renee.bade@labor.idaho.gov

Three outstanding volunteers were recognized for their contributions to Idaho during the annual Idaho Philanthropy Day Awards held earlier this week.

Georgianne Jessen, Karma Fitzgerald and Laura Wallis all received the Governor Cecil D. Andrus Volunteer of the Year award in the ceremony presented by the Idaho Nonprofit Center in partnership with Serve Idaho, the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism. Danielle Trujillo, executive director of the Andrus Center for Public Policy, presented the awards during the virtual ceremony. Continue reading

Multi-Employer Hiring Event Set for Nov. 4 in Meridian

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For Immediate Release: Oct. 29, 2021
Media Contact: Joe Goitiandia, joe.goitiandia@labor.idaho.gov

Nearly 30 Idaho employers, including H&R Block, Amazon, Boise State University and many more, will be at a multi-employer hiring event Thursday, Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Ten Mile Christian Church, 3500 W. Franklin Road in Meridian. 

Open positions include customer service representatives, retail sales associates, hospitality workers, direct support professionals, health care workers, warehouse packers and associates, and route drivers. Some positions include the opportunity to work remotely. Continue reading

Idaho’s September Unemployment Rate Stays at 2.9%

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For Immediate Release: Oct. 22, 2021
Media Contact: Craig Shaul, Craig.Shaul@labor.idaho.gov or Karen Jarboe Singletary, Karen.JarboeSingletary@labor.idaho.gov

Idaho map - unemployment rate by county September 2021Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 2.9% in September, unchanged from August.

The state’s labor force grew by 1,270 (0.1%) people to 906,191. This is the second largest over-the-month increase this year. Despite this increase, the labor force participation rate decreased by 0.1 percentage points to 62.4%.

Total employment grew to 880,283, up 0.2% (1,917), while total unemployment dropped 2.4% (-647) to 25,908.

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Idahoans Receive Awards for Volunteerism and Philanthropy

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For Immediate Release: Oct. 22, 2021
Media Contact: Renee Bade, Renee Bade Renee.Bade@labor.idaho.gov

More than 40 Idahoans will be honored at the Idaho Philanthropy Day award presentations in November at regional celebrations.

“Idaho’s volunteers provide enormous benefits to our people and communities across the state. It is important that we take the time to recognize those individuals who give so much back to our state by volunteering their time and talent to improve the lives of those around them,” Gov. Brad Little said.

Winners were chosen by the Idaho Philanthropy Day judges committee after studying each nomination to decide which ones best encompass the spirit of philanthropy including time, talent, treasure and involvement in the community. Continue reading

Idaho Labor Hosting Teleperformance Job Fair Oct. 20 in Boise

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For Immediate Release: Oct. 15, 2021
Media Contact: Anthony DeVille, anthony.deville@labor.idaho.gov

Teleperformance USA will be recruiting workers at the Boise Idaho Department of Labor office, 317 W. Main St., on Oct. 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The company is looking for customer service representatives and a social media content moderator. It currently has 39 job openings at its Boise facility.

Several positions allow people to work from home.

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Labor Expands its Service Delivery to Challis and Wieppe

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

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

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For Immediate Release: Sept. 22, 2021
Media Contact: Kandi Rudd, kandi.rudd@labor.idaho.gov

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

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For Immediate Release: Sept. 17, 2021
Media Contact: Craig Shaul, Craig.Shaul@labor.idaho.gov or Karen Jarboe Singletary, Karen.JarboeSingletary@labor.idaho.gov

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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