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Idaho Leads In Minimum-Wage Jobs

More Idaho workers earned minimum wage in 2012 than in any year since the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics started keeping track a decade ago. The Idaho Department of Labor reports 7.7 percent of Idaho workers earned $7.25 an hour or less last year. That’s up from 5 percent in 2011. The new data show Idaho has the largest share of minimum-wage workers in the country. ... The Labor Department says three in four Idaho jobs created last year were in the service sector, an area saturated with minimum wage jobs. Nationally, the share of workers earning minimum wage dropped from 5.2 percent to 4.7 percent in 2012/Emilie Ritter Saunders, StateImpact. More here. (SR file photo of a Subway restaurant worker who earns minimum wage)

Question: And you thought Idaho didn't lead the nation in any category? Pshaw ...

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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