Economy

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A California-based energy food bar company is planning to break ground on a new baking facility in Twin Falls early in 2015.

Clif Bar company officials joined Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter and Twin Falls leaders Thursday in announcing the plans. The company anticipates creating 250 jobs when the facility is up and running in late 2016.

Company officials say they intend to invest $160 million into the new facility, with $90 million slotted for the first phase.

Anyone waiting to learn about unemployment in Idaho for the month of September is just going to have to be patient.

The monthly jobless report was supposed to be released Friday.

But the 16-day partial federal government shutdown has put that deadline in jeopardy, and state labor officials say they have no idea when the latest unemployment figures will be ready for public release. State officials say the lack of federal staff has made calculation of jobless claims and other data impossible.

Courtesy of Sen. Mike Crapo's office

Update, Oct. 17, 9:23 a.m.

Associated Press:

Three of four of Idaho congressional members cast votes in opposition to the hard-fought legislation that ended the partial 16-day government shutdown and averted a potential federal default.

U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch voted against the bill late Wednesday, as did Rep. Raul Labrador when the House took up the compromise measure.

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Grumbling about price is a perennial gas pump activity, but right now Idahoans really do have something to complain about. Idaho’s average gas price is at $3.62 per gallon. That’s 27 cents higher than the national average. Idaho's prices are also higher than they were this time last year, while most of the country has gone the opposite direction. Why the difference?

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A temporary increase in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps, expires at the end of October. That means 47 million Americans, including 221,717  people in Idaho, will see less money each month for food.

Agriculture, sugar beets, harvest
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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.

An auction for the Hoku Materials Plant is set for Oct. 23 and 24 in eastern Idaho.

The Idaho State Journal reports in a story on Friday that San Diego, Calif.-based Heritage Global Partners has been contracted as the seller for the auction.

The company on its website touts global interest in the $600 million facility that can either be purchased by the piece or in its entirety.

  Loggers are packing up and leaving timber sales uncut across the Northwest. It's another effect of the partial government shutdown. Timber companies say even if a deal is reached soon at the nation's capitol, the effects from the logging hiatus could be felt all the way into next spring.

Timber companies received letters from the Forest Service telling them to cease operations. That's because the employees who oversee and inspect timber sales were furloughed.

 A commercial submarine operator is teaming up with the University of Washington to build a new, manned deep sea sub. The five passenger mini-sub could be available for charter by oil companies or researchers beginning in 2016.

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The Times-News reports at least 1,100 furloughed federal workers have applied for unemployment benefits in Idaho since the government partially shutdown Oct. 1.

With economic impacts mounting and one Utah county threatening to take over national parks, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says she will "consider agreements with governors" to allow state funding of national parks so that some can reopen to visitors.

An estimated 7 million people have been shut out at 12 of the busiest and biggest U.S. national parks, costing parks and nearby communities about $76 million in lost visitor spending for each day the partial government shutdown drags on.

Idaho Capitol, statehouse
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Idaho saw a jump in tax revenue in September, a month when collectors raked in $16 million more than forecasts and put the state's finances ahead of schedule amid a steadily recovering economy.

Total monthly receipts were $263 million, or 6.4 million more than forecasts.

The Division of Financial Management reported Tuesday that Idaho's tally three months into fiscal year 2014 is just over $700 million, or about 1.6 percent more than forecasts.

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The magazine The Land Report, targeted at people who own a lot of land, published its list of America’s largest landowners last week. Media tycoons John Malone and Ted Turner  top the list of 100 with more than 2 million acres apiece.

And it's no surprise that some familiar Idaho names appear on the list. 

Here's how they stack up.

#18 The Simplot Family

Northwest farmers are wrapping up this year’s hop harvest at a time when the craft beer industry is seeing huge growth.

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Economic success stories and leadership roles for women in Idaho are few and far between, at least that's according to a new report by the Center for American Progress.

Dutchman RV, Camper
Courtesy Dutchman Manufacturing Inc.

A recreational vehicle production plant in Burley is closing next month and moving its work to Pendleton, Ore.

The Times-News reports Indiana-based Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc. announced last week the Burley RV plant will close on Nov. 15, affecting more than 160 employees.

Dutchmen Vice President David Thomas says the employees who work in production have been offered the opportunity to relocate to Pendleton.

Tribal casinos are trying to appeal to a new kind of customer – one who may not even gamble at all. 

Job fair, unemployment
Emilie Ritter Saunders / StateImpact Idaho

Idaho's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose two-tenths of a percentage point in August to 6.8 percent.

The Department of Labor says the state's jobless rate has risen seven tenths of a percentage point since April, one of the largest rate increases among the states in the past four months. Still, the rate is down from 7 percent last August.

The number of Idaho workers without jobs was nearly 52,300, the highest total since September 2012.

Darin Oswald / Idaho Statesman

Packaging Corp. of America is buying Boise Inc. for about $1.27 billion, acquiring additional containerboard needed to support its growth.

Boise Inc., a maker of packaging and paper products, is based in Boise, Idaho. If the deal is completed, Packaging Corp.'s containerboard capacity will rise to 3.7 million tons from 2.6 million tons.

Lake Forest, Ill.-based Packaging Corp. will pay $12.55 per share, a 26 percent premium to Boise Inc.'s 9.96 Friday closing price.

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