currently has an unemployment rate slightly lower than the national average
according to the Department of Labor statistics for November 2011. It was ranked
31 out of 51 nationwide with 1 being the state (or area) with the lowest
unemployment and 51 being the state (or area) with the highest unemployment.
According to a Gallup Poll where 100,000 people were surveyed from
January through June of 2011, Idaho was one of the ten worst states for job
creation in the nation. The fall months of 2011 brought improvement nationwide
and also led to hiring in Idaho which accounts for the 8.5% unemployment numbers
posted by the Department of Labor in November 2011.
Idaho has many and varied economic opportunities. It is known for food production,
silver mining, wood and paper products manufacturing, semiconductor manufacturing,
chemical products, agriculture (potatoes, wheat, and other crops), outdoor sports
and tourism, and science and technology. In fact, 25% of the total revenue and more
than 70% of the state's exports come from the science and technology sector.
ON Semiconductor, Micron Technologies, and Sun Microsystems are
just a few companies that contribute to the job opportunities in the technical
Additional information can be found
regarding Idaho's economy and key employers by visiting Wikipedia: Idaho Economy.