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Idaho’s April Unemployment Rate Falls to Historic Low of 2.6%

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For Immediate Release: May 20, 2022
Media ContactKaren.JarboeSingletary@labor.idaho.gov or Salvador.Vazquez@labor.idaho.gov

Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 2.6% in April, down from March’s rate of 2.7%. April’s rate marks the third consecutive month of historic lows since record keeping began in 1976.

Idaho map with county unemployment ratesThe number of Idahoans employed or looking for work grew by 4,770 people (0.5%) to 937,023. Labor force participation increased by 0.1 percentage points between March and April to 62.1%. Idaho’s peak participation rate reached 71.4% in September 1998.

Total employment grew from March by 5,409 (0.6%) to 912,953 while total unemployment dropped by 639 (-2.6%) to 24,070.

According to Help Wanted Online, there were 49,443 online job postings in Idaho during April, or 2.1 job openings for every unemployed Idahoan looking for work.

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Labor employment services expand in south central Idaho

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For Immediate Release: May 18, 2022
Media Contact: Jill.Kleist@labor.idaho.gov

Job search, resume assistance available in four south central Idaho communities.

Idahoans living in Gooding, Hailey, Jerome and Shoshone can now access Idaho Department of Labor services without leaving their communities.

Employment services offered at the four additional locations are in addition to full-service offices in Twin Falls and Burley.

“Our mobile office model is for Idaho citizens without a Labor office in their community,” explains Department of Labor Director Jani Revier. “Our partnerships with local libraries, community centers, city halls and other organizations allow us to deliver face-to-face services to rural Idahoans. Our footprint is larger now than ever before.”

All mobile Labor locations offer walk-in hours and appointments staffed with a Department of Labor workforce consultant who can help with writing resumes, filling out job applications, preparing for an interview, accessing job training resources, filing for unemployment insurance benefits and other services.

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Meridian job fair targeting teen and young adults set for May 21

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For Immediate Release: May 16, 2022
Media Contact: Janelee.Henderson@labor.idaho.gov

A special job fair for Idaho teens and young adults – although anyone is invited to attend – will be held Saturday, May 21, at the Wahooz Galaxy Event Center, 1385 S. Blue Marlin Lane, in Meridian.

The event, sponsored by the Idaho Department of Labor, is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Treasure Valley area employers are recruiting for summer and permanent part-time and full-time positions. Job openings include recreation camp counselors, lifeguard, seasonal groundskeeper, cashier, HR generalist, social media content moderator, grocery department associates, customer service specialist, hospitality servers and hosts and several more.

Job seekers are invited to meet participating employers, including DirecTV, Roaring Springs/Wahooz, Teleperformance, The Grove Hotel, Hotel 43, Albertsons, Bogus Basin, Brundage Mountain Resort, City of Meridian, Home Helpers Home Care, Idaho Youth Ranch, Intermountain Pet Hospital, New Horizon’s Academy, Piedmont/American Airlines, Taco Bell, U.S. Postal Service, Viking Drive-In and more.

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Pocatello Labor office hosts Morton Building hiring event May 17

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For Immediate Release: May 12, 2022
Media Contact: Kandi.Rudd@labor.idaho.gov

Idaho Labor will be hosting a hiring event for one of the area’s newest employers Tuesday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the department’s Pocatello office, 430 N. 5th Ave.

The company is hiring multiple operators and an inventory control coordinator, plant administrative assistant, process improvement coordinator, material recovery specialist, operator and traffic manager.

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Hispanics, minorities continue to boost Idaho’s economic growth

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For Immediate Release: April 28, 2022
Media Contact: Craig.Shaul@labor.idaho.gov

The economic influence of Idaho’s minorities and Hispanic populations has continued to expand over the past 10 years and projections show it’s not likely to slow down.

Growth in buying power for nearly all cultures in Idaho outpaced the U.S. average, according to estimates provided by the Selig Center for Economic Growth at the University of Georgia. From 2010 to 2020, Idaho experienced some of the highest multicultural consumer growth in spending across all U.S. states. White people, Black people and American Indians ranked in the top five highest percent change of consumer spending over this time period. 

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Plexus Corp. workers in Nampa may qualify for training and services under Trade Act

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For Immediate Release: April 22, 2022
Media contact: Georgia.Smith@labor.idaho.gov 

Zoom meeting scheduled for April 26

Employees of Plexus Corp. in Nampa, Idaho, who have or will become totally or partially separated from employment with Plexus on or after Nov. 30, 2020, through March 10, 2024, are eligible to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA).

Workers who may qualify for benefits and services under the Trade Act depends upon specific eligibility and time limitation requirements, as well as certain wage and employment qualifications.

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Multi-employer job fair set for April 27 in Boise

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For Immediate Release: April 21, 2022
Media contact: Joe.Goitiandia@labor.idaho.gov

Employers from several industries will be looking for workers at a job fair Wednesday, April 27, from 1 to 5 p.m., at Taft Elementary School gymnasium, 3722 W. Anderson St., in Boise.

Participating employers include Darigold, DirecTV, Frito Lay, Inn at 400 Capitol, Boise Centre, Roaring Springs, YMCA, Ada County Highway District, Peak Security of Idaho, Valley Regional Transit, Western Power Sport and several more.

Open positions include caregivers, food and beverage servers, production assistant, manager trainee, housekeepers, heavy equipment operator, route sales, transportation coordinator, lifeguards, marketing and communication coordinator and many more.

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April 27 employer online seminar focuses on employee retention

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For Immediate Release: April 21, 2022
Media contact: Clinton.Renn@labor.idaho.gov

Southeastern Idaho employers are invited to a free Zoom seminar Wednesday, April 27, 9 to 10 a.m., to discuss employee retention.

Representatives from local businesses Spudnik, A & E Engineering and East Idaho Credit Union, will share best practices on how they retain talent, followed by a Q & A with participants.

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Idaho’s March unemployment rate falls to historic low of 2.7%

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For Immediate Release: April 15, 2022
Media Contact: Craig.Shaul@labor.idaho.gov or Karen.JarboeSingletary@labor.idaho.gov

Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 2.7% in March – down from February’s rate of 2.8%. This marks a new record low since the series began in 1976.

The number of Idahoans employed or looking for work grew by 5,082 people (0.5%) to 932,278. Labor force participation increased by 0.2 percentage points between February and March to 62%. Idaho’s peak participation rate reached 71.4% in September 1998.

Total employment grew from February by 6,467 (0.7%) to 907,537 while total unemployment dropped by 1,385 (-5.3%) to 24,741.

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Labor offers employment services across northern Idaho

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For Immediate Release: April 13, 2022
Media Contact: Kellye.Sharp@labor.idaho.gov

Idahoans living in remote, rural areas of Idaho’s five most northern counties can now access state employment services in seven mobile office locations.

“Our mobile office model is for Idaho citizens without a Labor office in their community,” explains Department of Labor Director Jani Revier. “Our partnerships with local libraries, community centers, city halls and other organizations allow us to deliver face-to-face services to rural Idahoans. Our footprint is larger now than ever before.”

All mobile Labor locations offer walk-in hours and appointments staffed with a Department of Labor workforce consultant who can help with writing resumes, filling out job applications, preparing for an interview, accessing job training resources, filing for unemployment insurance benefits and other services. Continue reading