Idaho Department of Labor

Economy
6:00 am
Tue January 14, 2014

New Idaho Labor Chief Says State Needs To Shift Focus To Better Paying Jobs

Idaho Labor Department Director Ken Edmunds works in his Boise office. Edmunds took over the agency's top position in November.
Credit Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

The new head of Idaho's Labor Department says the state needs to shift its focus to better paying jobs that will help grow the state's economy. 

Ken Edmunds is now in his second month as the head of Idaho’s Labor Department. The Twin Falls businessman replaced longtime labor director Roger Madsen in late November.   

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Unemployment
12:07 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Idaho’s Unemployment Rate Falls Slightly In October

Job seekers speak with potential employers at a Meridian, Idaho job fair.
Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

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.

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Labor Department
3:59 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Twin Falls Businessman, Board Of Education Member To Head Idaho's Labor Department

Edmunds is a businessman from Twin Falls, Idaho.
Credit State of Idaho

A state Board of Education member is shifting roles, after Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter named him to head the Idaho Department of Labor.

Ken Edmunds of Twin Falls will fill the post starting Nov. 25, replacing Roger Madsen who held the job since 1995.

Edmunds is a Twin Falls businessman whose experience includes working as an accountant and controller as well as an executive for the company that operates Cactus Petes casino in Jackpot, Nev.

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Shutdown
4:17 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Idaho's Furloughed Federal Workers Begin Applying For Unemployment

All national parks have been closed since Oct. 1, including the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Credit NPCA Photos / Flickr Creative Commons

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.

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Tourism
6:29 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Idaho Tourism Jobs Are Up, But Not Back To Pre-Recession Levels

Credit Nicholas D. / Flickr Creative Commons

After a sharp decline, Idaho's tourism industry is on the rise. The Department of Labor reports that 851 jobs have been added in the tourism sector since 2010. Restaurants, bars and hotels make up most of those jobs.

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New Hires
4:00 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

New Hires In Idaho Land On A High Note For July

People wait in line at a Idaho Department of Labor job fair earlier this year.
Credit Molly Messick / Boise State Public Radio/ StateImpact Idaho

Idaho employers reported hiring 23,400 workers in July.  That’s the highest number of new monthly hires since the Great Recession started according to the Idaho Department of Labor. 

The monthly report based on employer filings of newly hired workers within 20 days of their hiring showed July’s total exceeded July 2007 by 500.

The report features the number of people hired to fill new jobs as well as existing jobs that are filled because workers retired, died, quit or were fired. ~Idaho Department of Labor

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Jobs
4:55 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Idaho's Jobless Rate Ticks Up For The Second Straight Month

More than 6 percent of Idahoans work more than one job.
Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / StateImpact Idaho

Idaho’s unemployment rate went up in June. The increase from 6.2 percent in May to 6.4 percent in June, makes it the second month in a row more Idahoans were looking for work.

The two-month uptick follows nearly two years of slow but steady declines in Idaho joblessness. National unemployment for June held steady at 7.6 percent.

Idaho’s increase comes in part because more than 1,400 people started looking for work last month. But it also reflects a slight drop in the total number of people with jobs.

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StateImpact Idaho
8:00 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Companies Receive Idaho Training Grants, But Make No Long-Term Promises

Employees leave the XL Four Star Beef plant in Nampa in 2011 after the company announced plans to shut the plant down and layoff 522 people. XL Four Star received $564,231 in training fund grants.
Chris Butler Idaho Statesman

Last month, Transform Solar announced that it was closing and laying off about 250 people at its facility in Nampa. As StateImpact reported, the manufacturer of high-tech solar cells, had received $1.68 million in workforce training grants from the state of Idaho — money that the company will not have to pay back.

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StateImpact Idaho
7:45 am
Fri April 6, 2012

Rural Idaho Continues To Shrink

Fairfield, Idaho
Molly Messick StateImpact Idaho

Rural Idaho counties are becoming, well, rural-er.

New data from the U.S. Census Bureau show populations continue to decline in rural parts of the state.

Census numbers released this week look at population movement between 2010 and 2011.  According to the Idaho Department of Labor’s analysis, more counties lost population over that year than at any other time since the 1980s.  Continue reading...