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New hires in July climb above pre-recession levels

The number of new hires in Idaho exceeded pre-recession rates in July for the first time since the economic downturn, the Idaho Department of Labor reports, with Idaho employers hiring 23,400 workers during the month. The monthly report based on employer filings of newly hired workers within 20 days of their hiring showed July’s total exceeded July 2007 by 500. The figures cover people hired to fill new jobs, along with those hired to fill existing jobs that open because a worker retired, died, quit or was fired. Click below for the full announcement from the Department of Labor.

Simplot to cut up to 800 Idaho jobs

Here's a news item from the Associated Press:  BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The J.R. Simplot Co. is planning to build a new potato processing plant in Caldwell. But it's coming at a cost for the company's employees elsewhere in Idaho. Company executives announced Wednesday plans to build a 380,000-square-foot facility designed to help keep Simplot competitive. Officials say the new facility in Caldwell means the company will shut down older plants in Aberdeen and Nampa in the next two or three years, resulting in the loss of fewer than 800 jobs. Spokesman David Cuoio says competitors have better plants that are more efficient and Simplot needs to modernize to keep pace. The new facility will be built on the site of the company's original potato processing plant in Caldwell. Executives are not releasing the cost of the new plant.

Record unemployment for Idaho in May

The jobs news from May isn’t good - nearly 5,600 more Idaho workers lost their jobs, driving the May unemployment rate to a 22-year high of 7.8 percent. It’s a time of year when typically there are seasonal employment increases, and there were, but they were well below expected levels, according to the state Department of Labor. Construction payrolls saw their lowest April-to-May increase since 1990, and manufacturing jobs hit their lowest level since 1992. The seasonally adjusted May unemployment rate of 7.8 percent is up from 7 percent in April and 4.5 percent in May of 2008.

More worked for less

The highest-paying sectors of jobs in Idaho in 2008 - management of companies, mining, and utilities - employed just 6 percent of the state’s workers, while the lowest-paying sectors - accommodation/food services, and arts/entertainment/recreation, employed 10 percent. This according to the Idaho Department of Labor, which calculated that the average annual wage for all industries in Idaho was $33,889. For the top sector, the managers of companies, it was $75,205. At the bottom, those who worked in accommodations and food services averaged $12,545 a year. The fourth-highest-paying sector was durable manufacturing, which employed 30,222 at an average wage of $57,103; that was 4.6 percent of the work force. Third-lowest paying was agriculture, which employed 129,009 at an average wage of $21,717; that’s 20 percent of the state’s workers.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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