Brett Randall is looking for work.
Randall, 25, is a graduate of Boise State with a degree in communications. Following his 2010 graduation he traveled a bit but recently returned to his hometown of Eagle, ready to settle down and find employment.
But Randall now joins the tens of thousands of Idahoans who are either unemployed or underemployed. So when Randall listens to Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter deliver his annual State of the State address on Monday, Randall will be looking for some real answers to a basic question: "Where is Idaho going?"
"That all I want to know," said Randall. "We don't seem to be making any decisions that are going to help us in the long run, and why is that? We sure seem to be constructing a lot but with no real focus. We're interested in establishing ourselves but not establishing a functioning community."
Idaho's Department of Labor reports that the Gem State's most recent unemployment rate of 8.5 percent doesn't include the thousands of Idahoans who have given up looking for work and are no longer tracked by state officials.