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Gov.’s Commission Weighs Idaho Jobs Against Existing Nuclear Waste Disposal Agreement

The Idaho National Laboratory creates billions of dollars in economic impact for the state of Idaho, along with tens of thousands of jobs.  Sustaining and expanding that economic engine may require relaxing some of the requirements and restrictions on spent nuclear fuel shipments and waste disposal included in a 1995 agreement between the state, the […]

More Than 20 Percent Of Idaho Young People Are Out Of School And Out Of Work

An Annie E. Casey Foundation report on youth unemployment released today shows that Idahoans aged 16 to 24 have a slightly higher employment rate than the national average.  But that seemingly good news masks significant problems for Idaho young people, with respect to employment. The report highlights several things: that it’s become harder for young […]

Aberdeen, Idaho Anxious About Simplot Closure And Personal Property Tax Repeal

Tomorrow, Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and a half-dozen state officials will visit a small eastern Idaho town of fewer than 2,000 people.  That town – Aberdeen – will be Idaho’s Capital for a Day.  Mayor Morgan Anderson says he hopes to use some of the time to explain to state leaders why he’s concerned for […]

HP Laptop Contract Makes Idaho Tech Jobs An Issue In Props 1, 2, 3 Vote

Idaho’s Students Come First laws are controversial for a lot of reasons.  There are the limits the laws impose on teachers’ unions, and the effects on teachers’ job security. This week, when Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter announced that Hewlett-Packard has won a $180 million contract to provide computers, maintenance and technical support to every high […]

Idaho’s Jobless Rate Falls To 7.1 Percent As Labor Force Shrinks

Once again, Idaho’s unemployment rate brings mixed news. Upfront, it’s good: unemployment dropped by three tenths of a percent in September, falling to 7.1 percent.  The rate “plunged,” as Department of Labor spokesman Bob Fick puts it, and reached its lowest level since May of 2009. Also in the positive column: there were 1,200 more […]

Idaho Falls Hospital Becomes First Medical Center To Receive Training Grants

The Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center will receive up to $31,500 to train ten registered nurses and a child life specialist for its new Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, according to the Idaho Department of Labor. The hospital is the first medical center to receive a workforce development training grant through the Labor Department.  The grants […]

Truckers, Mechanics To Lose Jobs At Idaho Molybdenum Mine

Thompson Creek Metals Company answered questions from investors today after announcing yesterday that it will suspend a planned phase of activity at its molybdenum mine in Custer County, resulting in job cuts. The company expects to lay off 104 of its approximately 400 employees, CEO Kevin Loughrey said today.  “They’re going to be primarily truck […]

Updated: Idaho Molybdenum Mine Announces 100 Layoffs

The Thompson Creek molybdenum mine issued 105 layoff notices today according to the Idaho Business Review.  Molybdenum is a metal with a high melting point used in steel alloys, among other things. The central Idaho mine is operated by a company based in Denver and Vancouver, B.C.  The Business Review reports the company estimates it […]

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