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."