Jobs and Employment

Underemployment sits at nearly 20%. This means we aren’t as prosperous as we could be. Added to that, Idaho has the fifth highest percentage of minimum wage workers in the country. While the unemployment rate has gone from 4.8% in 2014 to 3.9% today, some of our counties remain stuck at 6%, 7% or even 14%. I want high-wage job opportunities in every part of our state. If we focus on our strengths – natural resources, high-tech, healthcare, competitive business tax climate, and a highly skilled and educated workforce – Idaho could usher in a wave of prosperity, reaching households that have only known struggle. Idaho has the most hardworking and productive people in the world. And, our young people have shown tremendous promise. They all deserve better. I believe we can do better. We can do this!