Ada County Weekly Wages Increase 5.1 Percent From 1st Quarter 2017 to 1st Quarter 2018

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For Immediate Release: Oct. 3, 2018
Information Contact: Robert Kabel (208) 332-3570 ext. 3886

Ada County’s weekly average wage increased 5.1 percent from the first quarter of 2017 to the first quarter of 2018 according to county employment and wage information released Wednesday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Ada County’s percentage increase to a weekly average wage of $943 ranked it 34th among the 349 largest U.S. counties. Nationally, the average weekly wage increased 3.7 percent to $1,152 in the first quarter of 2018. The BLS also reported Ada County’s employment increased by 4.5 percent from March 2017 to March 2018. Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for Idaho’s other 43 counties. Details: https://www.bls.gov/regions/west/news-release/countyemploymentandwages_idaho.htm

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Entry Level Residential Carpentry Apprenticeships Available

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For Immediate Release: Oct. 2, 2018
Information Contact:  Darren Rux (208) 332-3575, ext. 3074

If you or someone you know is interested in a residential construction career, the Idaho Department of Labor has several carpentry apprenticeship opportunities available in the Treasure Valley.

These entry-level positions are full time with wages ranging from $11.68 to $14.09 an hour.

Apprentices will learn how to use the tools of the trade, work site safety, building, rough framing, outside finishing, inside framing and an array of other construction related skills.

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Post Falls Hiring Event to Feature More than 1,500 Jobs

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For Immediate Release: Oct. 1, 2018
Information Contact:  Stacey Hanlon (208) 457-8789 ext. 3947

One of northern Idaho’s largest hiring events is planned for Wednesday, Oct. 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Real Life Ministries, 1866 N. Cecil Road in Post Falls.

More than 55 employers with at least 1,500 jobs combined are attending the event, which is expected to draw several hundred job seekers. Some jobs are available for immediate hire.

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Serve Idaho Announces Funding Opportunity

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For Immediate Release: Oct. 1, 2018
Information Contact:  Renee Bade, (208) 332-3578 ext. 4061

Federal funding to support the cost of running an AmeriCorps program is now available through grants from the Corporation for National and Community Service, according to Serve Idaho, the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism.

Idaho nonprofit, educational, community and faith-based organizations, Indian tribes and local governments are eligible to apply for the grants, which vary in dollar amount based on the size and complexity of the AmeriCorps programs.

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Idaho Labor’s Annual Wage Report is Valuable Resource

What does the average machinist in Idaho make? How many people are working in Idaho as diesel mechanics? What is the entry-level wage for fast food cooks? What’s a reasonable wage range for carpenters? Would I get higher pay as a registered nurse working in Boise or in Idaho Falls? Would I earn more as a plumber or as an electrician?

Once a year, the Idaho Department of Labor publishes answers to those questions and thousands of others in the form of the Occupational Employment and Wage Survey (OEWS).

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Idaho’s August Unemployment Rate Declined to 2.8 Percent

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For Immediate Release: Sept. 21, 2018
Information Contact:  Robert Kabel (208) 332-3570 ext. 3886 or Karen Jarboe Singletary (208) 332-3570 ext. 3215

Over-the-Year Job Growth Remains Strong

Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined slightly to 2.8 percent in August, continuing at or below 3 percent for the 12th consecutive month.

The state’s labor force – the total number of people 16 years of age and older working or looking for work – was virtually unchanged at 852,878 people, breaking a streak of month-to-month increases.

Total employment increased by 676 to 828,864, continuing to grow though at a slower rate than earlier in the year. The number of unemployed decreased by 588 people to 24,603.

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Serve Idaho Accepting Proposals for 2019 Annual Conference

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For Immediate Release: Sept. 18, 2018
Information Contact:  Renee Bade, (208) 332-3578 ext. 4061

Serve Idaho is requesting proposals for presentations at its annual conference, March 27, 2019. Organizers are looking for proposals covering a broad range of topics in volunteer management, leadership and professional development.

The conference brings together a community of nonprofit/public leaders and volunteer coordinators from across Idaho to learn and discuss how to better engage their communities, organizations and volunteers.

The purpose of the conference is to foster diverse and inclusive environments, as well as to learn best practices, strategies and new ways of doing business from the state’s best thinkers and practitioners of service and volunteerism.

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Serve Idaho Accepting Idaho’s Brightest Star Nominations

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For Immediate Release: Sept. 4, 2018
Information Contact:  Renee Bade, (208) 332-3578 ext. 4061

Serve Idaho, the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism, is accepting nominations for the annual Idaho’s Brightest Star Awards. The awards recognize outstanding Idaho volunteers in a variety of categories. Nominations will be accepted until Oct. 19, 2018.

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Around Idaho: Economic Activity in August 2018

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

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

Boundary County

  • The State of Idaho auctioned 51 state-owned lakefront lots on Priest Lake for a total of $25.6 million. Forty-six of the 51 lots were purchased by the current leaseholders. Source: Spokesman Review

Kootenai County

  • A new transit center is in the works in the Riverstone development in Coeur d’Alene. Kootenai County Public Transportation announced that work on the facility is expected to begin in September, on track for completion no later than June 2019. Ridership on public transportation in Kootenai County has exploded in recent years as the county’s population has grown, and new developments have added to suburban sprawl in the region. Source: Spokane Journal of Business
  • Coeur d’Alene-based fiber optic provider Fatbeam has acquired a division of Post Falls-based Ednetics Inc, which provides IT and technology solutions for schools. Fatbeam intimated that it is planning additional acquisitions, but declined to specify further. Source: Spokane Journal of Business
  • Faced with increasingly tight inventories, Windermere Realty of Coeur d’Alene is building three new housing developments in Kootenai County. The three developments, located in different corners of the county, will provide a total of 273 new homes. Windermere ownership noted that inventory in Kootenai County is extremely low, creating aggressive inflationary pressure on home prices. Source: Coeur d’Alene Press

Openings:

  • Global Kitchen Tapas & Wine (Coeur d’Alene)
  • A&B Market (Coeur d’Alene)

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

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Silver Tsunami Could Swamp Idaho Employers

The silver tsunami — the aging of the baby boom generation — is posing a challenge to Idaho employers throughout the state. In Idaho, baby boomers – Americans born between 1946 and 1964 – are retiring at the rate of 52 a day. In a tight labor market, replacing these workers is not easy. Even when a replacement worker is found, the business has still lost an experiencedworker with deep institutional knowledge about the business — things like how a problem that just cropped up was solved 15 years ago, who’s the best contact at a supplier that isn’t providing what was promised, and other insights that contribute to a business’s competitiveness and bottom line.

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