Jobless In Idaho

Jobless In Idaho: Landing A Career After Two Years On The Hunt

Jun 20, 2013
Justy Thomas, Jobless in Idaho
Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Two years, several temporary jobs, 15 interviews, and countless applications later Justy Thomas has landed a permanent job. “I feel blessed I have a stable job,” she says. Thomas is now working in the human resources department of a local utility company.

Kelly Barker Jobless In Idaho
Molly Messick / StateImpact Idaho

At this time last year, StateImpact Idaho began a series called “Jobless in Idaho.”  Through those interviews we met Kelly Barker, a single mom from Meridian who was struggling to find work after losing her job as an office administrator in early 2011.

Jobless In Idaho: Short-Term Work Is A Short-Term Fix

Jun 14, 2012
Molly Messick / StateImpact Idaho

For months now, our “Jobless in Idaho” series has followed people here in Idaho as they search for work against hard odds.  Kelly Barker, a single mom from Meridian, had been out of work for the better part of a year when we met her last winter.  Since then, she’s made do with a combination of temp work, food stamps and unemployment benefits.  In April, those benefits were running out.

Barker was scouring the web for job possibilities when we last met.  It was a tense time, and Barker knew there was only one option.  She had to find work.  “I don’t have a contingency plan,” she said.  “You know, a mortgage payment – you’d have to have a lot of savings to sustain you for a long period of time, and I don’t, so I have ten weeks to find a job.  Period.”

Jobless In Idaho: Short-Term Work Is A Short-Term Fix

Jun 13, 2012
Molly Messick / StateImpact Idaho

For months now, our "Jobless in Idaho" series has followed people here in Idaho as they search for work against hard odds.  When we last talked to Kelly Barker, her unemployment benefits were running out.  Continue reading...

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.

Jobless In Idaho: Ten Weeks To Find Work

Apr 30, 2012
Molly Messick / StateImpact Idaho

Idaho’s economic picture has begun to brighten, but the state has yet to make up the jobs it lost in the downturn.  Many in Idaho have watched their months of unemployment add up.  Single mom Kelly Barker is one of them.  She just reached an anniversary she’d rather not observe.  It has now been a full year since she lost her job.  After several months of temp work, Barker is back to the full-time job search, and back to unemployment benefits. Continue reading.

Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

The Idaho Department of Labor estimates there are at least 63,000 people in the state without work.  That doesn’t include thousands more who are underemployed or have stopped looking for a job.  This is the latest story in StateImpact Idaho's “Jobless in Idaho” series, that follows several Idahoans in their search for work.