Post Register: Idaho Ranks Last in Nation in Overall Wage Earnings



That's the median annual wage in Idaho. But this morning's Idaho Falls Post Register reports that the Idaho Department of Labor estimates a family of four needs $39,000 a year to sustain itself, and only about a third of the jobs in the Gem State paid that much last year. And things are getting worse, only about 13.3 percent of Idaho jobs could support a family four in 2012, according to the Labor Department. In 2006, nearly half of the Idaho jobs could support a family of four, according to the statistics.

Labor Department spokesman Bob Fick told the Post Register that Idaho ranks last in overall earnings by full- and part-time job holders. Fick points to higher job growth in low-wage employment in Idaho's service sector, as opposed to lower growth in manufacturing, mining or logging industries, which traditionally pay more. The Post Register reports that Idaho has seen a net gain of 10,000 production jobs in the past two decades while the service sector grew by 210,000 jobs.