For Immediate Release: July 21, 2021
Media Contact: Kandi Rudd, email@example.com
The Idaho Department of Labor is hosting a multi-employer hiring event Tuesday, July 27, at the Idaho Labor Pocatello office, 430 N. 5th Ave. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
More than 30 employers will be looking for candidates to fill a wide range of positions such as welders, construction workers, heavy equipment operators, home health care and food service workers, paraprofessionals, administrative staff and truck drivers.
For Immediate Release: June 18, 2021
Media Contact: Craig Shaul, Craig.Shaul@labor.idaho.gov or Salvador Vazquez, Salvador.Vazquez@labor.idaho.gov
Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped from 3.1% in April to 3% for May.
Total employment grew to 874,143, up 0.2% (+1,978), while total unemployment dropped 3% (-865) to 27,351.
May’s labor force and steady participation rate continued to benefit from population increases. Idaho’s labor force grew by one-tenth of a percent to 901,494, marking two consecutive months of gains. The labor force participation rate remained unchanged at 62.7%.
For Immediate Release: May 5, 2021
Media Contact: Robert Vetter, Robert.Vetter@labor.idaho.gov or Elizabeth Anzaldua, Elizabeth.Anzaldua@labor.idaho.gov
More than 70 Idaho employers representing a variety of industries will be looking for employees for more than 2,200 jobs at Idaho Labor’s All-Star outdoor hiring event. It is sponsored in partnership with the city of Caldwell.
The event takes place Wednesday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the GALS Quad softball fields, 4700 Skyway St., in Caldwell.
The first half hour is dedicated to military veterans.
Participating employers such as Amazon, St. Luke’s and Capitol Distributing are looking for warehouse associates, electrical engineers, certified medical assistants, customer service reps, food plan operators, maintenance technicians, superintendents, fork lift drivers, custodians, landscapers and more.
For Immediate Release: April 16, 2021
Media Contacts: Karen Jarboe Singletary, firstname.lastname@example.org or Salvador Vazquez, email@example.com
Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.2% in March, dropping slightly from a revised 3.3% in February.
With an over-the-month increase of 1,100 jobs, the state’s nonfarm payroll growth has leveled off over the past two months.
Civilian Labor Force
Idaho’s seasonally adjusted labor force was virtually unchanged in March at 899,375, down from 899,915 in February.
There are many advantages to living in a town the size of Salmon, which Hannah Burch found out when she returned to her hometown after living in Alaska for four years.
“My mom ran into Julie Dodd in town and told her I was moving back and would be looking for work,” Hannah said. Julie is the manager of the Idaho Department of Labor Salmon office, and that was the contact she needed.
“Julie met with me and said she might have something,” Hannah said. That something turned into a training opportunity for Hannah to earn elementary education teacher training online through Western Governors University (WGU). And now Hannah, 26, is running a homeschool co-op for kids from kindergarten through sixth grade.
For Immediate Release: Dec.18 2020
Media Contact: Craig Shaul, Craig.Shaul@labor.idaho.gov or Karen Jarboe Singletary, firstname.lastname@example.org
State nonfarm jobs see first year-over-year increase since pandemic
Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 4.8 percent and nonfarm payrolls regained 6,200 jobs in November as the state’s economy continued to recover.
The unemployment rate dropped seven-tenths of a percentage point in November from October’s 5.5 percent. The current rate is 7 percentage points below April’s historic high of 11.8 percent.
The number of unemployed Idahoans fell by 6,605 to 43,814 (-13.1 percent). As a result, Idaho’s seasonally adjusted labor force decreased by 6,765 to 906,033, but still remains 11,400 higher than its pre-pandemic level in March. The total number of employed went essentially unchanged from October, dropping by 160 to 862,219.
For Immediate Release: Nov. 12, 2020
Media Contact: Elizabeth (Lisa) Anzaldua, Elizabeth.Anzaldua@labor.idaho.gov
The Idaho Department of Labor’s Caldwell office is holding a drive-thru job fair Tuesday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will be held in the office parking lot at 4514 Thomas Jefferson St., rain or shine.
Employers participating are Select Staffing, St. Luke’s, Amazon, Sorrento Lactalis and ZoRoCo Packaging. The businesses combined have more than 1,000 job openings to fill in positions such as housekeepers, cashiers, IT support, customer service, production operators, delivery drivers and more. Continue reading
Launching a new career, or considering changing a current one, can be daunting and even more so during the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. But In spite of the negative effects of the pandemic on many industries, manufacturing can offers opportunities.
Manufacturing is an evolving industry, especially in southwestern Idaho ranging from semi-conductor chip manufacturing to potato chip manufacturing. The skill levels of the workforce over the past couple of decades have changed dramatically as manufacturing is more automated and less physically demanding in many cases. Markets have changed with more global opportunities for Idaho products.
The highest level of manufacturing among Idaho’s six regions is in southwestern Idaho with more than 30,000 jobs across its 10 counties – 47 percent of all Idaho manufacturing jobs. South central Idaho has the next largest share at just 15 percent. The southwestern region’s 10 counties are diverse and include the state’s largest metropolitan area, Boise, remote small counties with logging traditions and vast counties citing its greatest population density as sagebrush and four-legged beef cattle. The share of manufacturing jobs in southwestern Idaho is higher than the nation’s by 4 percent but ranks fifth in share among Idaho’s six regions — the other five regions have significantly fewer total jobs than southwestern Idaho. The trend is showing some downward movement due to reduced production by large tech employers such as HP and Micron.
For Immediate Release: June 8, 2020
Media Contact: Connie Gardner, email@example.com
The new Costco in Idaho Falls, slated to open in late summer, plans to begin hiring staff in mid-June and are asking interested job seekers to begin applying for positions online.
Up to 150 job are available ranging from cashiers, stockers and general members service jobs to skilled positions such as pharmacists, pharmacy techs, hearing aid specialists, meat cutters, cake decorators, bakers and tire center staff.
Idaho retail employment grew 2.5 percent between 2016 and 2018, despite a national spate of store closures and employment declines.
With many retail chains closing hundreds of stores across the U.S., headlines about a “retail apocalypse” have appeared on news sites. Last year, according to Coresight Research, 5,524 stores across the United States closed. In the first eight months of this year, 8,051 closed. This year closures could exceed the record set in 2017, when 8,139 stores were shuttered. Challenger, Gray & Christmas counts 53,248 announced retail job cuts for the first half of this year, compared with 98,563 for all of last year.
Between 2016 and 2018, employment in U.S. retail stores fell 0.2 percent, while employment at Idaho’s retail stores grew 2.5 percent, from 81,265 to 83,330. Between June 2018 and June 2019, retail store jobs in the U.S. fell 0.5 percent, while they rose 1.8 percent in Idaho, adding 1,600 jobs.