By the Numbers

How the rise of services is damaging Idaho workers' pay

April 16, 2014 


A new report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics tells a too-familiar story: Idaho's already low wages are slipping to some of the lowest in the nation.

Idaho's median wage was $14.68, falling from eighth-worst in the country in 2013 to sixth-worst. Idaho Department of Labor spokesman Bob Fick says the state has replaced goods-production jobs lost during the recession with service jobs, which on average pay about $10 less an hour.

"The numbers show what they show," Fick says. "We lost some really high-paying jobs in construction and manufacturing. We've given up goods production for service jobs."

See how Idaho's wages compare to the rest of the country and find out which jobs pay the most

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