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Idaho quits and other labor trends (access required)

Idaho Labor Force Participation, Employment to Population Ratio, and Unemployment Rate from Oct 2019 to Oct 2021 showing that employment has mostly stabilized in Idaho

Is the “Great Resignation” in Idaho fueled by people quitting their jobs? The number of Idaho workers who quit increased every month for the period of July through September 2021, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). At ...

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Panelists offer insight into growth, workforce, other challenges

Nine panelists tackled navigating four of the hottest, and possibly most pressing, topics facing nearly every Idaho business today: growth, development, wages and the workforce. This panel discussion — Idaho Business Review’s annual Forum on the Future event — took ...

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Diversity, Micron style (access required)

photo of micron

Micron Technology just put its money where its mouth is when it published its fourth annual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) report on Dec. 6. It may seem that such documents are pro forma these days for any company hoping ...

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Ketchum refuses to reconsider workforce housing approval (access required)

Despite approval by Ketchum’s planning and zoning (P&Z) officials, some Ketchum residents have attempted to block the Bluebird project for affordable apartments downtown. On Nov.1, Susan and Gary Martin, who live one block from the proposed project, delivered a letter ...

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Where did the unemployed go? (access required)

graph showing the decline in labor participation rates

Idaho’s cessation of the federal unemployment insurance (UI) supplements in June did not make any significant change in the number of people employed. Idaho was one of the states that opted to terminate the federal UI supplement early. If Idaho ...

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Idaho wages competition (access required)

Given all the noise recently over labor shortages and employee wages, the Idaho Business Review took a look around to see what national and regional retailers are paying right now in Idaho. Walmart announced that it is giving over a ...

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Nursing home vaccination issues for Idaho (access required)

Number of people employed in the nursing and residential care facility industry in Idaho, not seasonally adjusted, Nov. 2019 to Jul. 2021

A mid-August directive from the White House ruled that nursing homes must require staff members to get vaccinated for COVID-19 or lose their Medicaid and Medicare funding. In Idaho, only 57.8% of nursing home health care staff were vaccinated during ...

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Idaho’s hospitals at the brink (access required)

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare director Dave Jeppesen and the weekly IDHW media briefing.

Editor’s note: This article expands on Aug. 24 breaking news coverage. Idaho’s hospitals are full of delta variant patients. According to Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (IDHW) Director Dave Jeppesen, on Aug. 24, one rural Idaho hospital was unable ...

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Boise’s new housing needs analysis (access required)

A Boise Planning and Development Services graph showing the number of apartments at each affordability range every year in Boise to meet housing needs plotted with the units approved to be built in the next year. AMI on this graph average median income for Boise, which is currently $67,800.

Anyone who watches the residential real estate and the multifamily housing markets would not be surprised at all by the conclusions of Boise’s newest Housing Needs Analysis, which was presented to the city council on Aug. 24. The biggest takeaway ...

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