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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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SEL announces updates to north Idaho projects  (access required)

Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) has several new developments in the northern Idaho area. Following its June groundbreaking for a future printed circuit board facility in Moscow, groundwork has been laid, 22,000-square-feet has been added as a second floor to the originally estimated structural design for business support spaces, including desking and conference rooms. Underground water lines, ...

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Gov. Little talks business concerns, strengths at BMC address (access required)

Gov. Brad Little affirmed the strength of the Idaho economy while addressing the business community Monday, and recognized the need for continued investment throughout the state. The Aug. 16 address, presented by the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, touched on the challenges and successes that the business community has faced as a result ...

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University of Idaho launches cybersecurity master’s program  (access required)

As the threat of ransomware and other internet attacks increases nationwide, the University of Idaho (U of I) has added a cybersecurity master’s degree program to its computer science (CS) offerings. The master’s program builds on U of I’s existing ...

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Idaho starts two new workforce programs (access required)

photo of manufacturing apprentice

It is old news that Idaho employers are screaming for trained workers in multiple sectors, including the trades and health care. The new news is that two state agencies have forged a partnership to help individuals sort out their career ...

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Lawyers in the trenches: how executive coaching can help (access required)

Law schools and continuing legal education programs do an excel­lent job teaching such subjects as civil procedure, torts and criminal law, but they typically don’t teach aspiring lawyers how to market their services, work effectively with clients and colleagues, mobilize ...

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