Idaho Employment Newsletter May 2016

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Idaho Employment

A monthly update of how Idaho's economy is doing in your area - May 2016


In-Migration Boosts Economy on Many Levels

Out-migration had a negative impact on population growth in all but one county in south central Idaho from 2010 to 2015.


That one county — Twin Falls — has seen substantial in-migration over the past five years and is likely taking in residents who are leaving other south central Idaho counties, in addition to other parts of the state, the nation and even internationally. This is a boon for the area labor force as both domestic and international in-migration provides a source of diversely skilled workers for businesses.



Study Shows Uneven Wage Growth in Idaho

In a competitive labor market, wages are determined by the supply and demand of labor. Over time, a worker’s wages should increase as he or she gains proficiency in the job and obtains more valuable skill sets, or because of changes in the macro economy that influence the demand for those particular skill sets.

Although wages are only a portion of an individual’s income, they are a primary source of income for many Idahoans and an important indicator of their economic wellbeing



Idaho wages - May 2016

Other Stories

Idaho has Largest Percentage Increase in Employment Since March 2015

Around Idaho: Economic Activity in April 2016


University of Idaho Receives $244,000 Grant for Online Fire Protection Training

Fabri-Kal Receives $159,000 Training Grant

Lewiston High School Receives $25,000 Micro-Grant for Machinist Training


Idaho Unemployment Rate Falls to 3.8% in March


Idaho Economic Situation Report

March 2016


Statewide Unemployment Rate



Number of Employed



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