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Idaho’s Hispanic jobless rate doubles over 3 years (access required)

The University of Idaho says a new report shows the unemployment rate of Hispanics in the state climbed to 15 percent during the worst of the recession. The university announced Dec. 3 the findings of the report, which was prepared ...

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Ag panel: More technology outreach needed as food demand rises

Lab-to-field breakthroughs will play a key role in food production, so agriculture and its regulatory agencies will continue to deal with the sometimes-controversial approaches. “The food industry in general is going to have to go through a second green revolution, ...

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9th Circuit grants beet industry temporary relief

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay that keeps sugar beet root stocks that will produce seed-bearing plants from being destroyed. The stay “preserves the potential for these plants to produce seed for the 2012 crop” assuming ...

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Call centers are big business for Idaho (access required)

When Allstate Insurance Co. announced plans to open a call center with 500 jobs in Chubbuck this fall, it received a hero’s welcome and much more. The state Department of Labor also promised to pay up to $5.4 million to Allstate ...

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Idaho nuclear cleanup contractor to cut 600 jobs

A cleanup contractor at the Idaho National Laboratory in the eastern Idaho desert has announced plans to lay off about 600 workers, about 35 percent of its work force. Officials with CH2M-WG Idaho on Thursday announced that the workers will ...

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Weyerhaeuser Co. eliminates 22 jobs in Boise (access required)

Weyerhaeuser Co. eliminated 22 jobs at its Boise Technology Center this week. Most of the affected workers hold positions in fabrication, engineering, science, logistics, and administrative areas, spokeswoman Shannon Hughes said. Almost all of them will end their work by ...

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Port of Lewiston readies rail alternative as locks close (access required)

The Port of Lewiston’s container revenues could be down 40 percent for the fiscal year because of lock closures on the lower Snake and Columbia rivers planned from mid-December to mid-March, Manager David Doeringsfeld said. “As with any business, if ...

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Unemployment jumps in November

A slight increase in the labor force and a big increase in unemployment drove Idaho’s unemployment rate to 9.4 percent in November, state Department of Labor spokesman Bob Fick said. That compared to 9.1 percent in October and 9 percent ...

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Two chambers of commerce cross state lines to merge (access required)

When two staffers left the Lewiston Chamber of Commerce in spring 2010, members began to look for change. The result: a merger with the Clarkston Chamber of Commerce Jan 1. The new organization, the Lewis Clark Valley Chamber of Commerce, ...

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