Around Idaho: Economic Activity in May 2018

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

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

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

Bonner County

  • In response to substantial flooding in Lake Pend Oreille and the Pend Oreille River, strict no-wake zones are being enforced to mitigate property damage. The new rules impose a no-wake zone up to 500 feet from the shore. Source: Bonner County Daily Bee

Kootenai County

  • Idaho Central Credit Union is constructing a new office in Coeur d’Alene. The $8.6 million building will house a full service credit union branch and business and mortgage lenders along with administrative staff. The new Coeur d’Alene office will be ICCU’s fourth Kootenai County branch. Source: Spokane Journal of Business
  • Hayden-based Blackstone Properties is constructing a new 65,000-square-foot storage facility in Hayden. The complex will offer ministorage, along with boat and RV storage. Source: Spokane Journal of Business
  • Silverwood Theme Park had its full-time opening May 28 followed by Boulder Beach, which opened June 9. The theme park is hiring roughly 1,500 people for its summertime operations and noted that preseason ticket sales have surpassed projections. Park management believes this portends potentially record attendance. Source: Spokane Journal of Business

Sam.Wolkenhauer@labor.idaho.gov, regional economist
Idaho Department of Labor
(208) 457-8789 ext. 4451

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Canyon County Labor Office Hosts Series of Hiring Events June 18-21

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: June 12, 2018
Information Contact: Elizabeth Anzaldua, (208) 364-7781 ext. 3172

Four hiring events, each featuring a different industry and employers, are scheduled June 18-21, 9 a.m. to noon each day. The events will take place at the Idaho Department of Labor Canyon County office, 4514 Thomas Jefferson St., in Caldwell.

The schedule, industries and employers are:

Monday, June 18 – Manufacturing
Employers: Plexus, Cable One, CS Beef Packers, Big Tex Trailers, Milne MicroDried, Express Professional, Southwark Metal Mfg., Weekend Warrior RV Manufacturing, Great American Snacks, Rule Steel Tanks Inc., Boise Cascade, CBH Homes, Franz Bakery, Spectrum America, BMC and City of Caldwell

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Bonneville School District to Hold Hiring Event June 12

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: June 7, 2018
Information Contact: Darla Wohlschlegel, (208) 557-2500 ext. 3552

Bonneville School District 93, in partnership with the Idaho Department of Labor, has scheduled a hiring event Tuesday, June 12, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the district office, 3497 N. Ammon Road in Idaho Falls.

The district is hiring for several positions, including bus drivers, bus attendants, kitchen workers, custodians and paraprofessionals. More detailed information about open positions and online applications can be found at the Bonneville School District website, www.d93jobs.com. Continue reading

Why Can’t I Continue Receiving Unemployment Benefits After Returning to Work?

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Why can’t I continue receiving unemployment benefits after returning to work? It’s just until I get my first paycheck.

There are a few reasons why people are not allowed to receive unemployment benefits after becoming fully employed. First and foremost, it’s important to know that it’s against the law to collect unemployment benefits after you return to full-time work. Unemployment is only meant as temporary financial assistance until you’re employed again.

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State Philanthropic Organizations to Host Community Conversations

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: May 31, 2018
Information Contact: Renee Bade, (208) 332-3578 ext. 4061

Idahoans are invited to attend one of a series of free community conversations this summer focusing on community needs and challenges, existing resources and new solutions in the charitable sector.

Each community conversation will feature a local expert, who will share information on the community’s needs and challenges, and will be followed with a town hall conversation.

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Payette Labor Office Moves to New Location

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: May 30, 2018
Information Contact: Derek Harris, (208) 364-7781 ext. 3295

The Idaho Department of Labor’s Payette local office will be closed Friday, June 1, to move to its new location at 517 N. 16th St., Suite A, in Payette.

The office will reopen Monday, June 4 at its new location. Operating hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. – closed from noon to 1 p.m. for lunch – Monday through Friday. Continue reading

AmeriCorps Kicks Off Eighth Annual Statewide Idaho@Play Week

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: May 29, 2018
Information Contact: Kirstin Mann (208) 332-3578 ext. 3930

Serve Idaho and Idaho AmeriCorps members have several events scheduled around the state in June to celebrate Idaho@Play. The goal is to improve the lives of Idaho’s youth by encouraging outside activity to prevent childhood obesity and to help them remain healthy throughout their lives.

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Grangeville Labor Office Hosts Family Dollar Hiring Event June 5

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: May 29, 2018
Information Contact: Lesley Orcutt, (208) 983-0440 ext. 4311 or Sara Espeland, (208) 983-0440 ext. 3789

The Family Dollar is planning to fill multiple positions for its new store in Grangeville at a hiring event Tuesday, June 5, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event takes place at the Grangeville Department of Labor office, 158 E. Main St., Suite 1A.

Job seekers will meet with the store’s hiring authority who are planning to fill two assistant store manager positions and hire more than 15 temporary customer service representatives.

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Meridian Ranked 10th Nationally for Population Growth in 2017

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: May 24, 2018
Information Contact: Janell Hyer (208) 332-3570 ext. 3220 or Georgia Smith (208) 332-3570 ext. 2102

Meridian was ranked the 10th fastest growing city in the nation at 4.7 percent growth in 2017, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s population estimates released Thursday. That’s up from 13th in 2016.

Meridian was also Idaho’s fastest-growing city with a population increase of 4,490 and it continues to be the second largest city in the state for the third year with a population of 99,926.

Boise remains the largest city with a population of 226,570.

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All of Idaho Benefits When Businesses Answer the Economic Census

Think your business doesn’t need to answer the Five-Year Economic Census? Think again.

Imagine trying to secure a bank loan, develop a strategic business plan or land a good company for your small town with no data to back up your proposal.

What many businesses and organizations don’t know is much of the information they used to land lucrative contracts or lure good, high-paying jobs to their areas comes from the Economic Census – a key source of statistics and information about business and industry.

Issued once every five years (for years ending in 2 and 7), the economic census is currently underway for 2017 and is the first time the entire survey will be conducted almost entirely online via a secure portal.

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