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Report: It Doesn't "Pay" to Look for a Job in ID

February 6, 2007

Idaho's low unemployment rate is nothing to brag about, according to a report released today. The survey, perfomed by the Northwest Federation of Community Organizations, scrutinizes the types of jobs available and finds those that support families are scarce.

Boise State University social work professor Bill Whitaker says the statistics are "grim."

"If you look at a livable wage job with one adult raising two children, there are 14 job-seekers for every job-opening in Idaho."

The report determined the combined hourly pay for two working adults must total approximately $21 to meet basic family needs in Idaho.

Idaho's minimum wage is $5.15 an hour. Whitaker believes the state could do a lot to encourage creation of better paying jobs by raising the minimum rate, and by ensuring state investments in economic incentives for businesses pay off.

"We need to make sure that public employers and businesses that get tax breaks pay living wages and offer benefits to their workers."

Supporters of increasing the minimum wage will hold a news conference today, 11:00 a.m., at the Federal Post Office, 750 W. Bannock, Boise. The report will be online at

Deborah Smith/Jamie Folsom, Public News Service - ID