July 25, 2018

Boise – In case you missed it, last month the career website Zippia published its analysis of 2018’s best job markets. Pocatello, Idaho Falls and Boise all ranked in the top 100.

Zippia explained how it determined its rankings:

“To find the metros with the best job markets in the country, one could look at their unemployment rate to gain a general understanding of if that place is good to work or not. But we thought that’s too simplistic and surface-level.

“Credit goes to the always reliable Bureau of Labor Statistics for the data.

“Looking at 386 different metro areas, we ranked each 1 to 386 in three categories – wage change, unemployment rate change, and current unemployment rate – one being best, 386 being worst.

“The average of the three numbers was then used to produce a final ranking of each metro area. The lower number the average, the better job market.”

Pocatello is ranked number 28, with an unemployment rate of 2.6 percent, an employed population of 33,260 and an average wage of $42,280.

Idaho Falls is ranked number 52, with an unemployment rate of 2.4 percent, an employed population of 64,860 and an average wage of $44,130.

Boise is ranked number 97, with an unemployment rate of 2.6 percent, an employed population of 308,170 and an average wage of $43,040.

“These numbers reflect what so many Idahoans already know: Idaho is a great place to live, work, do business and raise a family,” said Jonathan Parker, the chairman of the Idaho Republican Party.

“Under Republican leadership, we are delivering pro-worker, pro-growth policies, and are constantly seeking to improve Idaho’s jobs and business climate.

“Contrast these positive results with the extremely negative rhetoric coming from the Democrats. The Democratic candidate for governor, Democratic legislators and legislative candidates are all pushing the non-factual narrative that Idaho is a so-called ‘scroll-down state.’ They tend to cherry-pick statistics to make Idaho look bad. And sometimes they simply make up their own facts to fit their Down-on-Idaho rhetoric.

“There’s always room for improvement, but there’s also no doubt Idaho has upward momentum on jobs and economic growth. And that’s not by accident — it’s because of forward-thinking, fiscally responsible leadership from Republicans.”