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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.

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It looks like the federal government will shut down Tuesday since Congress hasn’t passed a spending bill.

It’s hard to gauge how that might impact Idaho, but the federal government is the second largest employer here, after the state itself.

About 11,750 Idahoans get paychecks from Uncle Sam and those checks total about $800 million a year. That breaks down to more than $2 million per day flowing into Idaho. But we don’t know how much of that will stop flowing for each day of a government shutdown.

Idaho's Jobless Rate Continues To Climb

Aug 16, 2013
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Idaho's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate ticked up two-tenths of a percentage point in July to 6.6 percent. The Idaho Labor Department reports this is the third-straight month the jobless rate has increased.

Total employment was down by 800 jobs, falling to 723,100. That's the lowest total employment figure reported since Oct. 2012.

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Officials with Micron Technology Inc. say they are seeking to cut 5 percent of the company's workforce in Idaho and abroad.

The cuts were announced Aug. 7 and come in the wake of Micron's acquisition of a Japanese competitor. The company has about 30,000 employees worldwide — so the rollback could impact 1,500 workers.

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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.

The Shoshone News Press reports more than 30 percent of Galena employees will be affected. During a mandatory meeting in Wallace, Idaho, U.S. Silver and Gold laid off 126 workers.

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A school district in southwestern Idaho that is reeling from budget problems has lost 20 percent of its teachers in the last few months.

Nampa School District Superintendent Pete Koehler said during a board meeting Tuesday that 151 teachers have left since the end of the school year — far more than the usual 5 percent annual turnover rate.

The district has suffered a series of financial blows starting last year, when officials discovered almost $3 million in one-time budget money had been counted twice.

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More teachers are leaving Idaho than people in other professions. That’s according to a report released earlier this month by the Idaho Department of Labor.

Of people who left Idaho between 2008 and 2011, 3 percent where K-12 teachers and 4 percent were college or university instructors. Both are among the top five groups of professionals leaving the state, with K-12 teachers at number four and college instructors number three.

Hostess To Eliminate 133 Idaho Jobs

Nov 30, 2012
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Idaho will lose 133 jobs as a result of the impending Hostess shutdown.  That's according to a spokesman for the snack-cake maker.

Nationally, the Hostess closure will affect 18,000 workers.

The company is in bankruptcy court while the liquidation process moves forward.

In court, attorneys representing the company have asked for permission to spend nearly $2 million to help retain executives to lead the company through its last days.

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Sawmills in the Northwest have significantly ramped up production in response to the rebound in construction nationally.  That's according to a market survey by an industry consultant based near Seattle. 

Wood Resources International president Hakan Ekstrom  says the region's sawmills are returning to profitability thanks to a happy coincidence of rising domestic and foreign demand.

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho’s first Whole Foods Market is now open. The much-anticipated new store features an array of organic foods, and an upstairs bar with only local beers on tap.

Jillian Vaughan works in the bakery. She is handing out bread samples.

“Organic whole wheat flour and organic seed mix,” says Vaughan. “So pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, organic poppy seeds, and it’s sweetened with honey and it has sea salt and yeast.”  

Vaughan is a Boise State student. And she’s one of the 175 Whole Foods employees from the Treasure Valley.

Whole Foods Opens In Boise, Provides 175 Local Jobs

Nov 14, 2012
Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

Correction:  In the original version of this story, we incorrectly reported that sales for organic and natural retailers totaled $36 million in 2010.  According to the organic foods research group NewHope360, sales totaled more than $36 billion.  We apologize for the error.

Idaho’s first Whole Foods Market opens in Boise today. The Austin, Texas-based natural foods store has hired and trained 175 people from the local community to run the store.

Idaho Could Lose More Than 10,000 Defense-Related Jobs

Jul 18, 2012
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As federal lawmakers debate how to avoid falling off the looming fiscal cliff, a report commissioned for the Aerospace Industries Association shows Idaho could lose 10,411 defense-related jobs.  The U.S. could face job losses totaling two million, according to the report.

Here’s one lesson of the economic downturn: unemployment disadvantages different age groups in different ways.

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