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Federal Grants Available To Help Idaho Teens Learn Job Skills

The Idaho Workforce Development Council is looking for businesses willing to provide basic job skills for low-income, at-risk high school students. The council has $1.1 million available for one-year grants.  The money is from the federal Workforce Investment Act, and it must be matched by participating schools — either through cash or in-kind contributions like […]

Laid-Off INL Workers Will Get Help Through Federal Grant

The Idaho Department of Labor will receive a $1,045,000 federal grant to assist Idaho National Laboratory workers who lost their jobs late last year.  About 600 people were laid off by three INL contractors, according to Department of Labor spokesman Bob Fick.  The department estimates about 175 of those workers will seek help through its field offices. […]

A Mixed Bag for Idaho’s Energy Economy

The Idaho Department of Labor is touting the state’s energy economy and reports a four percent growth in jobs between 2007 and 2010.  At the same time, a study released today by the department in collaboration with the Center for Regional Development at Purdue University, shows a 15 percent decline in jobs over that three year […]

Idaho Repays Federal Unemployment Benefit Loan

As this article and others have explained in recent days, many states are struggling to repay the federal government for loans it made to help cover unemployment benefits as joblessness surged during the recession. “More than 30 states have had to borrow billions from a federal fund to cover unemployment benefits for their jobless residents […]

Stuck in Neutral: What Idaho’s Unemployment Rate Really Means

The Idaho Department of Labor today reported a drop in the state’s unemployment rate, but the number of people still out of work isn’t declining as quickly as labor officials would like.  August’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is down two-tenths of a percent to 9.2. That’s the lowest Idaho’s rate has been in the last 15 […]

What Idaho’s Economy Looks Like…in Pie Form

The Idaho Department of Labor says the state’s economy has been growing more slowly than the nation’s.  The Idaho Statesman reports the state’s total gross state product rose 3.3 percent last year to $55.4 billion.  But, when adjusted for inflation, it rose 2 percent to $50.7 billion.  Nationwide, the inflation-adjusted gross product for 2010 is […]

Hoping for An Economic Turnaround? Five Idaho Industries to Watch

These five industries, like construction and high-tech, hardly cover Idaho’s entire economy, but they have acted as some of the most volatile and crucial economic indicators over the last decade.  State economists say Idaho’s economic turnaround will be gradual, albeit it’s headed in the right direction. Services & Trade: The services industry includes everything from […]

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