Economy

Molly Messick / StateImpact Idaho

You might not guess it, if you happened to pass through, but tiny Rockland, Idaho, population three hundred eighteen, is a place of distinction.  Continue reading.

Scott Ki / Boise State Public Radio

A labor dispute in seven Rocky Mountain states has an impact in Idaho.  Unionized sales workers at Dex One Corporation in Boise and Twin Falls are on strike.  The main issue isn’t about salary or benefits. 

Mapping Migration: Where Idahoans Go

May 17, 2012
Emilie Ritter Saunders / StateImpact Idaho

As StateImpact Idaho reported this week, Idaho’s population has grown more than 20 percent in the last decade.  But just as new people move to the state, some Idahoans are moving out.

Mark Herren

Workers laid off from the Clearwater Paper sawmill in Lewiston could be eligible for re-employment services through the Idaho Department of Labor.

Mapping Migration: Who Moves To Idaho

May 16, 2012
Emilie Ritter Saunders / StateImpact Idaho

Chances are you’re more likely to meet a Floridian than a North Dakotan in Idaho. From 2009 to 2010, Idaho’s seen more than 1,000 people come from the Sunshine State.

In the last decade, Idaho’s population has grown by more than 20 percent.  U.S. Census Bureau data show nearly 275,000 people moved to the Gem State from 2000 to 2010.  Idaho’s rate of growth outpaced the national average which saw its population go up by about 10 percent in the last decade.

Idaho Lags Behind Nation In Percent Of People With A College Degree

May 15, 2012
Emilie Ritter Saunders / StateImpact Idaho

There are fewer people with college degrees in Idaho than in many of its neighboring states and the nation.

U.S. Census Bureau data from 2010 shows 24.4 percent of Idahoans aged 25 or older have a bachelor’s degree or higher.  The national average in 2010 was 28.2 percent.

Travel Loans Jeopardize Success For Idaho Refugees

May 10, 2012
Molly Messick / StateImpact Idaho

The weak economy has exposed shortcomings in a little-known program of the U.S. State Department.  Each year, tens of thousands of refugees arrive in the U.S.  Most take out federally-funded loans to cover the cost of travel.  Continue reading

Molly Messick / StateImpact Idaho

Thursday, we’ll air a broadcast story on a program you’ve probably never heard of.  It’s called the International Organization for Migration U.S. Refugee Travel Loan Program.

What is it?  In short, it covers the cost of transportation for nearly all refugees resettled in the United States.  (For this year, that could be as many as 76,000 people.)  Click here to continue reading...

Jonathan D. Eisenback / Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (from USDA's website))

Three more Idaho potato fields are coping with the pale cyst nematode this year.  That brings the number up to fifteen since the pest was first found in 2006. 

The pale cyst nematode is about the size of a pinhead, but its effects can be devastating.  It attacks the roots of potatoes, tomatoes, and eggplants. The nematode can also reduce plant yields by as much as 80 percent. 

Photo by Hecla Mining

Work crews are ahead of schedule on safety improvements at the north Idaho mine where two men died last year. That’s the update today from the Hecla Mining Company, which owns the troubled Lucky Friday Mine. The federally mandated improvements have taken a bite into Hecla’s profits.

Federal inspectors ordered Hecla to make a whole stack of safety improvements at its north Idaho silver mine. The biggest task is a top-to-bottom scrubbing of the mine’s main shaft. Inspectors found loose cement on the wall of this 6,000-foot conduit that takes ore and people in and out of the mine.

Jobless In Idaho: Promise Of Work In The Oilfields

May 9, 2012
Courtesy Allen Brown

Idaho’s economy is moving in a positive direction, but it still hasn’t made up for the jobs lost during the Great Recession.  Allen Brown got his layoff notice in the fall of 2011.  Now, at 44-years-old, he’s waiting to start a new career.  We check in with Brown for our continuing series Jobless In Idaho.

Hecla: Safety Improvements On Track At Mine Where 2 Died

May 8, 2012
Hecla Mining

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho - Work crews are ahead of schedule on safety improvements at the north Idaho mine where two men died last year. That’s the update today from the Hecla Mining Company, which owns the troubled Lucky Friday Mine.  The federally mandated improvements have taken a bite into Hecla’s profits.

Scott Ki / Boise State Public Radio

The Reuters news agency reported earlier this week Micron Technology bid $2.5 billion to negotiate exclusively for a bankrupt Japanese company.  One semiconductor analyst thinks the benefits of a potential deal outweigh the costs. 

Small Business Owners Rank Idaho ‘Friendliest’ State

May 8, 2012
Thumbtack.com

A new survey out today from Thumbtack.com, an online job service, and the Kauffman Foundation finds Idaho, Texas, Oklahoma and Utah are the friendliest states for small businesses.

What Some States Do To Disclose Tax Incentive Info

May 4, 2012
Pew Center on the States

A recent report from Pew Center on the States lists Idaho among 26 states ‘trailing behind when it comes to evaluating tax incentives.  That is, having a mechanism in place to take a closer look at the state-specific incentives and exemptions on a regular basis, and to evaluate if they’re doing what they were intended to do.  In most cases, that’s spurring economic growth and

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