The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates 31,000 Idahoans earned minimum wage or less last year. Thats up 63 percent from 2011. The increase in minimum wage jobs here has given Idaho the unwanted distinction of having the largest share of minimum wage workers in the country.
The biggest reason is the rise of service employment, according to the Idaho Labor Department, is the recent growth in retirees here.
The fact that were getting older so fast is something that will really have a huge impact, a profound impact on our economy and the kind of jobs well have in the future, says Bob Uhlenkott, the Idaho Labor Departments chief researcher.