Economy

Wages
5:04 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Idaho Women, Individuals Have Lowest Median Incomes In The Country

Idaho's median household income was $46,783 in 2013.

Census data released by the government this week show individuals and women in Idaho have the lowest median incomes in the country, while household and family median incomes are in the bottom third among states.

The data release is part of the U.S. Census Bureau's 2013 American Community Survey.

Idaho's median household income in 2013 was $46,783, meaning half the residents here earned more and half earned less.

This interactive map is shaded based on median household income.

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Economy
10:17 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Idaho's Jobless Rate Drops As The Workforce Shrinks

Workers talk with potential employers at a Meridian job fair.
Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho's August jobless rate ticked down a tenth of a percent after a slight increase in July. The Idaho Department of Labor reports the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 4.7 percent declined because 600 workers left the labor force, the second-straight month the workforce has shrunk.

Most workers hired in August filled vacant jobs. The Labor Department reports new hires were lower than August 2013.

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Economy
10:02 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Wilderness Area Accused Of Inhibiting Idaho Town's Economy

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 5:50 am

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Energy Economy
11:27 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Railroad Wants Second Bridge To Handle Increase In Coal, Oil Trains

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Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad wants to build a second bridge in northern Idaho to handle an expected increase in traffic that includes coal and oil trains.

Railway spokesman Gus Melonas tells The Spokesman-Review in a story on Wednesday that the one bridge at Sandpoint restricts train traffic.

The railway wants to build another bridge about 50 feet west of the existing bridge that crosses Lake Pend Oreille where it meets the Pend Oreille River.

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Tourism
10:34 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Ketchum Says Idaho's Wolf Management Policies Hurting Tourism

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The resort town of Ketchum, Idaho, is asking the state to back off on killing wolves. They say it’s bad for business.

The Ketchum City Council passed a resolution Monday night urging wildlife managers to use non-lethal tactics to control the wolf population.

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Energy
8:16 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Idaho Rejects Oil Company Request To Exclude Feds

Idaho officials have rejected a Texas company's request to exclude federal lands and potential royalties from what is believed to be a profitable natural gas field in the southwest part of the state.

The Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Commission on Thursday voted 3-2 in a decision that went against Houston-based oil company Alta Mesa's petition to omit 187 acres of federal land from a 615-acre drilling unit.

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Jobs
8:24 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

SkyWest Airlines To Build $20 Million Maintenance Center In Boise

SkyWest says it plans to hire 100 people for its new facility.
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SkyWest Airlines has chosen Boise for the site of its new $20 million maintenance facility, a project state leaders tout was made possible by a newly-created tax incentive program.

In June, Boise Mayor David Bieter announced SkyWest would open a maintenance facility at the Boise Airport, using an existing hangar at the Jackson Jet Center. He said then that SkyWest was considering expanding that facility in Boise.

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Agriculture
6:27 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Small Tract Of Northwest Wine-Growing Soil Attracting Big Outside Investment

Gewurztraminer grapes at Kiona Vineyards on Red Mountain. The winery founders were some of the very first to try growing wine grapes in the small southeast Washington appellation.

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 6:39 pm

Wine harvest is underway in a small growing region in southeast Washington called Red Mountain. The dusty wedge of earth has been attracting an increasing amount of investment from winemakers from Napa, Canada and even Italy.

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Economy
4:07 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Share Of Idahoans Receiving Welfare Declines, Rate Still Higher Than Most

Screengrab from Census report.
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Idaho is one of only six states that saw a decrease in the number of people on public assistance, or welfare, in 2012, according to a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Agriculture
10:18 am
Thu August 28, 2014

USDA Launches New Dairy Insurance Program

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U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says dairy farmers can begin signing up Sept. 2 for a new program that replaces old subsidies.

The program is a kind of insurance that pays farmers when the difference between milk prices and feed prices shrink to a certain level. It replaces a program that paid farmers when milk prices sank too low.

Dairy farmers have struggled in recent years even with good milk prices. Feed costs have risen because of demand for corn from the ethanol industry and recent droughts.

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Wildfire Costs
6:05 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

U.S. Will Likely Borrow Up To $400 Million For Fighting This Season's Wildfires

Credit U.S. Forest Service

The Obama administration is detailing the toll that the escalating cost of fighting forest fires has had on other projects, as it pushes Congress to overhaul how it pays for the most severe fires.

In a new report issued Wednesday, the Agriculture Department said that staffing for fighting fires has more than doubled since 1998.

Meanwhile, the number of workers who manage National Forest System lands has dropped by about a third.

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Energy
10:37 am
Wed August 20, 2014

U.S. Energy Chief Announces $3.7 Million For Idaho National Lab, University Research

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz says the United States must adapt all types of energy production to help minimize the negative impacts of global warming.

Moniz spoke in front of a crowded room in Idaho Falls Wednesday at the inaugural Intermountain Energy Summit. Idaho congressmen Jim Risch, Mike Crapo and Mike Simpson also spoke during the conference.

Moniz says the United States isn't shunning coal or oil energy sources, but instead, officials are finding ways to reduce their carbon emissions.

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Jobs
10:03 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Idaho's Workforce Has Shrunk More Than Most States

Idaho's July jobless rate was 4.8 percent, nationally, it's 6.2 percent.
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Fewer Idahoans, nearly 6 percent, are working today than in 2007 before the Great Recession began.

State-by-state analysis of employment data, from calendar year 2007 to fiscal year 2014, show only two other states have seen a greater workforce decline among 25- to 54-year-olds.

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Business
8:51 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Former Wall Street Executive Brings Message Of Gender Equity To Boise

Sallie Krawcheck
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A former Wall Street executive is bringing her message of gender equity to Boise. Sallie Krawcheck is scheduled to deliver a keynote address at a conference of small business people Tuesday.

Krawcheck used to oversee the world's largest wealth management company. Today, she champions the cause of diversity in corporate leadership.

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Migration
11:35 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Are You A Native Idahoan? Data Show Most Idaho Residents Aren't

This data viz from the New York Times shows how Idaho's population has changed since 1900.
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An interesting take on state-to-state migration from The New York Times illustrates what many Idahoans already knew: a lot of California natives now live in Idaho.

The Times created a data visualization of migration to each state going back to 1900. It's no surprise that at the turn of the 20th century, most people moving to Idaho were immigrants from outside of the U.S., the northeast and the midwest.

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Economy
11:16 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Simplot Delays Idaho Potato Processing Plant Closures

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The J.R. Simplot Company has delayed the closure of two potato processing plants in Idaho.

Simplot spokesman David Cuoio told the Capital Press that layoffs at the Aberdeen plant are now expected to happen in September, and the Nampa plant will likely close Oct. 31.

The company initially planned to close both facilities this spring, but decided to keep them open longer after getting more customer orders than expected.

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Consumer Spending
10:56 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Idahoans Spend More Of Their Income On Basics Than People In Most States

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Idaho residents have among the lowest personal incomes in the nation but spend a higher percentage of their money on basic essentials compared to most others, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Idaho's per-capita consumer spending was $30,190 — just a few dollars higher than the per-capita spending in Utah and Hawaii. Nevada, Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi all came in lower.

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Agriculture
6:00 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Idaho Wheat Growers Impacted By Washington Export Terminal Shutdown

Northwest farmers' wheat is getting stalled at the Port of Vancouver once it leaves their local grain elevator.
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The Northwest wheat harvest is in full swing, but the export of grain has all but stopped at the Port of Vancouver, Wash. The shipments have been blocked because Washington state inspectors have stopped checking grain for export at the port because they don't want to cross a picket line in a labor dispute.

Farmers are calling for those inspections to resume after harvesting about 40 percent of Washington's wheat. Washington Wheat Growers Association President Nicole Berg farms 21,000 acres near the Tri-Cities.

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Economy
10:47 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Boise Business Leaders Make An East Coast Flight Their Top Priority

Boise is courting Delta to add a non-stop flight to its Atlanta hub.
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The head of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce says lining up daily, non-stop flights to a major East Coast hub is now the local business community's top priority.

The airport has again applied for a federal grant that, if successful, would be used to help cover costs for an airline if the route proves to be initially unprofitable. The city applied for a similar grant last year but was unsuccessful.

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Economy
4:43 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

St. Luke's Acquisition Of Elks Rehab Could Result In More Than 100 Layoffs

Officials with the Elks Rehab System in Boise have sent letters to local mayors announcing layoffs associated with St. Luke’s takeover of Elks facilities. Elks officials say significant financial and operational challenges are forcing it to hand over its operations to the Idaho healthcare giant. 

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