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About Idaho Department of Labor

Our goal is to be Idaho’s first choice for employment services. We connect job seekers with Idaho employers, deliver employment services to Idaho businesses and support people during career and life transitions.

ISU Students Pursue Medical Careers with Idaho Labor Support

At Idaho State University, several Idahoans are able to prepare for new medical careers, fill high-demand jobs and stay in Idaho with the support of the Idaho Department of Labor.

The backbone of the endeavor is a federally funded program, designed to assist eligible individuals find and qualify for meaningful employment. This in turn helps employers find skilled workers they need for success.

Matthew Ries is halfway through the Physician's Assistant program at Idaho State University's Boise campus.

Matthew Ries is one of the students attending ISU with the support of the Idaho Department of Labor.

The program is especially important to people who have lost jobs due to layoffs or business closures, or have been unemployed for a lengthy amount of time and have exhausted their unemployment benefits. It also helps adults who need assistance to find work that allows them to be self-sufficient.

For Tracy Calvert of Nampa, the program was ideal. He found himself without a job after being laid off from a 14-year career. When he heard about the program through the Department of Labor, he worked with consultant Maribel Guzman and discovered he qualified for one of the nursing program at ISU’s Meridian campus.

“This provided financial support that I wouldn’t have had without putting my family and our financial health at risk,” Calvert said. He is in the accelerated Bachelor of Science in nursing program.

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Idaho Receives $1.4 Million Federal Grant to Increase Registered Apprenticeships

Idaho is one of 37 recipients that will use a $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to expand registered apprenticeships throughout the state in health care, information technology, advanced manufacturing and energy.

Earlier this year the state received a $200,000 planning grant to develop a strategy.for-apprenticeship-blog

“Idaho businesses are calling for a pipeline of skilled workers with industry-specific training and hands-on experience,” said Idaho Department of Labor Director Kenneth D. Edmunds. “This grant will allow us to help meet those needs and increase the number of registered apprenticeships throughout the state.” Continue reading

Automation’s Role in Idaho’s Future Workforce

It seems there is almost a daily story on the effect robots and automation will have on the current labor force. Autonomous, self-driving cars and trucks, robot mops and automated pizza delivery vans are at the horizon’s edge of a future economy that promises to redefine the interplay between humans and machines in the production of work.

Estimates indicate 47 percent of current employment in the United States has the potential to be automated in the next 10 to 20 years based on current technology trends. However, potential risk is not the same thing as inevitable replacement, and research shows that while some jobs will likely be fully automated, most will be redefined as automated systems and robots are introduced into the economy. Continue reading

Around Idaho: October 2016 Economic Activity

Information provided in this article is from professional sources, news releases, weekly and daily newspapers, television and other media.

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NORTHERN IDAHO – Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai & Shoshone counties

Kootenai County

  • Northwest Specialty Hospital in Post Falls announced the opening of a new digestive surgery center. The new center – formally called the Northwest Institute for Digestive Surgery – will give patients the ability to receive all their digestive consultations, diagnostics and treatment options in one location. Source: Coeur d’Alene Press
  • The Post Falls Outlet Mall – which was formerly mostly vacant – continued its streak of new openings over the last month. Escape Adventures, SNR Costume Rentals and Ace Industrial Supply recently opened in the outlet mall. Source: Coeur d’Alene Press

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Respuestas a las preguntas más frecuentes acerca del Portal del Reclamante

Note: English translation is below the article.

El departamento de Labor de Idaho lanzará el Portal del Reclamante en español el 9 de Noviembre en nuestra página web labor.idaho.gov/claimantportal

El Portal del Reclamante es un sistema seguro en línea que los reclamantes usan para aplicar para recibir beneficios del Seguro de Desempleo, archivar reportes semanales y para ver información del reclamante. El portal del Reclamante fue establecido en ingles en el 2015. 

¿Porque estamos cambiando?

Los reclamantes de beneficios que solo hablan español han tenido que llamar a nuestro centro de reclamos para someter una aplicación para recibir beneficios de desempleo. De ahora en adelante estos reclamantes pueden aplicar para recibir beneficios de desempleo y archivar sus reportes semanales cuando sea más conveniente para ellos. Ya no estarán restringidos por nuestras horas de trabajo y pueden evitar largos periodos de espera en el teléfono.

¿Si tengo un reclamo actualmente, tengo que registrarme en el Portal del Reclamante en Español?

Si. Al utilizar nuestro sistema por primera vez usted deberá registrarse con su correo electrónico y una nueva contraseña. Para instrucciones más detalladas por favor siga esta Guía.

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Hard Hats, Hammers and Hot Dogs Goes Social

Idaho Forest Group log processor

This Idaho Forest Group log processor grabs, strips and cuts logs as a student is shown the equipment controls.

A total of 400 students, more than 50 businesses and many volunteers participated in the 9th Annual Hard Hats, Hammers & Hot Dogs event in Kootenai County in early October. The career day is designed to give students exposure to manufacturing, construction, logging, truck driving, and a variety of other skilled trades.

Students toured the new North Idaho College Career and Technical Education (CTE) facility, located next to the Kootenai Technical Education Campus (KTEC) where the event was held. CTE has CAD technology, Welding, Automotive, Machine and CNC classes along with other technical programs.

After the tour, students were able to get hands-on experience operating dozers, skid steers, log processors and much more. The students also engaged in activities indoors with the idea of exposing them to the many occupational opportunities in North Idaho.

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Planning A Strategy Helps Job Seekers with Success at Hiring Fairs

Laurie Nowland, human resource representative for Kootenai Health discussed the company's hiring process with job seeker Rachael Veddar.

Laurie Nowland, human resource representative for Kootenai Health discussed the company’s hiring process with job seeker Rachael Veddar.

Rachel Vedder spent the morning of a recent job fair choosing conservative business attire, collecting multiple copies of her resume and preparing for the hiring event at the Idaho Department of Labor office in Kootenai County.

By checking the local events calendar on the Department of Labor website, Vedder was able to preview the list of employers who were attending the event. This gave her the opportunity to do some research in advance. Information about a company and the job listings also can be found at the company website. Checking business publications, chamber websites and news articles gave her a firm knowledge of the employer and the industry.

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