Idaho Employment Newsletter November 2017

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

Idaho Department of Labor

Idaho Employment

A monthly update of how Idaho's economy is doing in your area
November 2017


Idaho Women Fare Better in Traditional Trades


As Idaho’s economy continues to flourish, wages are also increasing. Accounting for statewide job growth from 2012 forward, Idaho has seen a 2 percent to 3 percent increase in total annual private sector wage growth, up 17 percent over the past decade. Wage growth rate variances depend on an array of factors including economic situation, location, industry, job growth and demand. Demographics also show a distinction in wage appropriation and growth with gender as a demographic that is frequently discussed.



Developing a Skilled Workforce Through Registered Apprenticeships

by Idaho Department of Labor Director
Melinda S. Smyser

Director Melinda Smyser

Not too long ago, St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood found itself in need of a medical lab scientist. After searching eight months for a qualified applicant, hospital officials worked with their local Idaho Department of Labor office to develop a registered apprenticeship program. Today the program is working so well St. Mary’s plans to set up a second apprenticeship for the same skill set.


As I meet with Idaho employers, they tell me they all have one thing in common with St. Mary’s Hospital. They need a pipeline of skilled workers with industry-specific training and hands-on experience.


Other Stories

Around Idaho: October 2017 Economic Activity

State Focuses on Training Idaho's Workforce

CS Beef Packers to Use $1 Million Workforce Grant to Hire, Train 701 Workers

Idaho Labor Department’s Vazquez Named as Labor Market Information Director

Idaho Economic Situation Report

October 2017


Statewide Unemployment Rate



Number of Employed



Find more labor market statistics on our website at