Employment Stats for Greater Idaho Falls
Workers in the Idaho Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average (mean) hourly wage of $16.95 in May 2013, about 24 percent below the nationwide average of $22.33, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Regional Commissioner Richard J. Holden noted that, after testing for statistical significance, no wages in the local area were significantly higher than their respective national averages in 22 major occupational groups. All 22 groups had significantly lower wages than their respective national averages, including legal, management, and computer and mathematical. 7 of the 22 local occupational groups were more highly concentrated than the nationwide distribution. Some of the groups in this category include sales and related, personal care and service, and transportation and material moving. Though some groups were more concentrated, another seven group's employment shares were well below the national average. Some of the groups in this category include business and financial operations, computer and mathematical, and protective.
One occupational group—personal care and service—was chosen to illustrate the diversity of data available for any of the 22 major occupational categories. Idaho Falls had 2,170 jobs in personal care and service, accounting for 4.3 percent of local area employment, significantly higher than the 3.0-percent share nationally. The average hourly wage for this occupational group locally was $9.70, measurably below the national wage of $11.88. Some of the largest detailed occupations within the personal care and service group included personal care aides (1,160), fitness trainers and aerobics instructors (230), and childcare workers (180). Among the higher paying jobs were first-line supervisors of personal service workers, and fitness trainers and aerobics instructors, with mean hourly wages of $13.92 and $12.91, respectively. At the lower end of the wage scale were amusement and recreation attendants ($8.27) and personal care aides ($8.66) Location quotients allow us to explore the occupational make-up of a metropolitan area by comparing the composition of jobs in an area relative to the national average. An occupation category with a 2.0 quotient means it accounts for two times more employment shares in the local market than the national average. In the Idaho Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area, above average concentrations of employment were found in some of the occupations within the personal care and service group. For instance, personal care aides were employed at 2.7 times the national rate in Idaho Falls, and fitness trainers and aerobics instructors, at 2.6 times the U.S. average. On the other hand, childcare workers had a location quotient of 0.8 in Idaho Falls, indicating that this particular occupation’s local and national employment shares were similar.
UP 51% PERCENT CHANGE IN BONNEVILLE COUNTY JOB OPENINGS FROM 2011 TO 2013 ACCORDING TO THE IDAHO DEPARTMENT OF LABOR.
DOWN 45% PERCENT CHANGE IN BONNEVILLE COUNTY JOB OPENINGS FORM 2010 - 2012 (-6% FROM 2008 TO 2009).
Annual Unemployment Rates 2011 2012 2013
Bonneville County 6.8% 5.2% 5.4%
State of Idaho 6.9% 6.2% 6.1%
United States 7.4% 7.2% 6.1%
Idaho National Laboratory ENGINEERING RESEARCH 7,500
Idaho Falls School District #91 EDUCATION 1,700
Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center HEALTH CARE SERVICES 1,311
Melaleuca, Inc COSMETICS, VITAMINS, SOAP 1,300
Bonneville Joint School Dist. #93 EDUCATION 855
City of Idaho Falls GOVERNMENT SERVICES 750
Center Partners CALL CENTER 600
Bonneville County GOVERNMENT SERVICES 450
Wal-Mart DEPARTMENT STORE 450
Albertson's Inc. RETAIL FOOD SALES 350