Idaho's jobless rate held steady in September, and dropped slightly in October. The Idaho Labor Department reports the unemployment rate was unchanged from August to September at 6.8 percent. It fell in October to 6.7 percent.
Normally, jobless rates come out once a month. Friday’s two-for-one report was released because of the partial government shutdown over the first two weeks of October.
When the idea for a planned community north of Eagle first came about in 2002, the housing market was strong. But final approval for the 35 square mile project known as Avimordidn’t come until 2008. By then, home sales in the Treasure Valley had tanked.
Nearly every seat at the Ada County Association of Realtors classroom is taken during a recent training session. The 50 people in attendance are here to become realtors. ACAR director and class teacher Marc Lebowitz says as the Treasure Valley's housing market picks up, more people are signing up to become realtors.
“We’re going to go over so much stuff today, it’s going to make your head spin,” Lebowitz tells the class.
New home construction in the Treasure Valley was hit hard when the housing bubble burst. Despite increased home sales since, homebuilding remains mostly stagnant. This subdivision near Eagle is one area where new homes are getting built.
Idaho teachers and education policy makers often talk about the importance of students' ability to compete in the global economy. A big part of that is comparing student performance across state lines and international borders. Now, a recent study gives Idaho educators data to back up their battle cries.
In the study, Idaho students rank just behind Finland and Israel in math, and slightly ahead of England and Hong Kong in science.
Officials with Amalgamated Sugar Company say yields from Idaho's sugar beet crop were higher than expected, but the beets have a disappointing sugar content.
The Times-News reports the sugar beet harvest is still underway in southern Idaho. Amalgamated Sugar Company district manager Dave Scantlin says normally beets have around 15 percent sugar content at the beginning of harvest, but the beets harvested so far have been lower than the average.