Idaho Q2, 2019 Employment Statistics

  • 67,520 employers, up 7.4% from 62,886
  • 754,361 employees, up 2.9% from 733,223
  • $820 average weekly wage, up 3.3% from $794
  • The average weekly wage is 25.1% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 7.7% below the national average

Employer & Employee Growth

In the last year, the number of employers in the state increased by 4,634, which is an increase of 7.4%. The number of employees in Idaho increased by 21,138, an increase of 2.9%. During this same period, the average weekly wage increased by $26, an increase of 3.3%.

The number of private employers increased since last years' Q1. The number of private businesses increased by 4,617 or 7.7%. Growth in private businesses in Idaho grew faster than the national average of 2.9%. The number of employees in these businesses increased since last years' Q1, increasing by 19,313 or 3.2%. The growth in employees of private businesses in Idaho was faster than the national average of 1.4%.

The average weekly wage of employees of private businesses increased since last years' Q1. The averge weekly wage increased by $27 or 3.4%. Growth in average weekly wage of employees of private businesses in Idaho grew slower than the national average of 3.8%.


Leading Sectors

Businesses by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of businesses in the state is Construction with 13.2% of the businesses in the state. The number of businesses in this sector increased by 10.3%. Professional services (12.1%), which increased by 9.3% and Healthcare (11.4%), which increased by 10.6%, round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Business Change %
SectorChange Biz% Change
Information15512.9%
Mining and oil extraction2212.6%
Educational services8911.1%
Healthcare73810.6%
Construction83010.3%
Wholesale trade3399.6%
Waste services3279.3%
Professional services6959.3%
Real estate and rental2269.3%
Transport and warehousing1658.3%
Company management277.0%
Arts and entertainment686.6%
Finance and insurance2196.6%
Accommodation and food services1924.9%
Other services1634.1%
Retail trade2013.3%
Manufacturing913.3%
Agriculture and forestry743.2%
Utilities-4-1.6%


Employees by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of employees in the state is Healthcare with 12.9% of the employees in the state, had an increase in employees of 4.8% in the last year. Retail trade (11.5%), increased by 0.7% and Accommodation and food services (9.3%), increased by 4.6%, round out the top 3 sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Employee Change %
SectorEmployee Change% Change
Mining and oil extraction1939.1%
Construction3,6497.8%
Professional services2,7947.5%
Educational services4966.9%
Real estate and rental5126.4%
Other services1,0865.9%
Company management3314.9%
Healthcare4,4824.8%
Accommodation and food services3,0864.6%
Wholesale trade1,3024.4%
Arts and entertainment4403.5%
Transport and warehousing5932.9%
Manufacturing7471.1%
Retail trade5930.7%
Finance and insurance1410.6%
Information210.2%
Waste services-606-1.2%
Agriculture and forestry-457-1.8%
Utilities-89-2.9%


Average Weekly Wage by Sector

The sector that pays their employees the highest is Company management paying $1,971per week compared with the state average of $817. Weekly wages in this sector rose by $204 or 11.5%. Mining and oil extraction ($1,556), rose by $379 or 32.2% and Utilities ($1,465) declined by $86 or 5.5% round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Weekly Wage Change %
SectorWage ChangeChange %
Mining and oil extraction$37932.2%
Company management$20411.5%
Transport and warehousing$8210.3%
Educational services$486.4%
Wholesale trade$645.8%
Information$545.5%
Professional services$594.9%
Arts and entertainment$164.7%
Real estate and rental$314.5%
Finance and insurance$524.5%
Accommodation and food services$134.2%
Construction$293.5%
Retail trade$193.3%
Healthcare$263.2%
Other services$172.9%
Agriculture and forestry$111.6%
Waste services$91.3%
Manufacturing$-29-2.7%
Utilities$-86-5.5%


Leading Industries

Businesses by Industry

Each broad sector is made up of specific industries. In Idaho. the industry with the most businesses is Restaurants and other eating places with 4.4% of the businesses in the state (with 2,945 employing 54,880 workers). The Restaurants and other eating places industry had 122 more businesses, an increase of 4.3% in the last year. Home health care services (3.2% of businesses) added 333 businesses, an increase of 18.1% and Residential building construction (3.1% of businesses) added 228 businesses, an increase of 12.4% round out the 3 industries with the most businesses.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change %
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Urethane and other foam product manufacturing2200.0%
Trusts estates and agency accounts22200.0%
Monetary authorities - central bank3100.0%
Coffee and tea manufacturing3100.0%
Toy and hobby goods merchant wholesalers1593.8%
Psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals480.0%
Advertising material distribution services1076.9%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change #
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Home health care services33318.1%
Residential building construction22812.4%
Computer systems design and related services21913.9%
Services for the elderly and disabled14652.1%
Restaurants and other eating places1224.3%
Offices of real estate agents and brokers12213.6%
Management consulting services11110.2%


Employees by Industry

Home health care services (3.2% of employees) added 333 employees, an increase of 18.1% and Residential building construction (3.1% ofemployees) added 228 employees, an increase of 12.4% round out the 3 industries with the most employees.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change %
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Metal valve manufacturing38201.6%
Office equipment rental and leasing74181.7%
Health and welfare funds6138.9%
Toy and hobby goods merchant wholesalers67135.1%
Motor vehicle gasoline engine and parts mfg.21112.7%
Monetary authorities - central bank3111.1%
Reinsurance carriers4110.0%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change #
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Restaurants and other eating places2,0994.0%
Home health care services1,12812.6%
Computer systems design and related services99218.5%
Residential building construction85613.9%
Supermarkets and other grocery stores6925.7%
Management consulting services61517.5%
Continuing care assisted living facilities61210.0%


Average Weekly Wage by Industry

The industry that pays their employees the most is Freight transportation arrangement, paying $3,395 compared with the state average of $817. Employees in the Freight transportation arrangement industry were paid $2,358 more per week, an increase of 227.4% in the last year. Computer and software merchant wholesalers ($3,360) and Telephone apparatus manufacturing ($3,062) round out the top 3 industries. Employees in the Computer and software merchant wholesalers ($3,360 per week) were paid $1,196 more per week, an increase of 55.3% and Telephone apparatus manufacturing ($3,062 per week) were paid $0 more per week, an increase of 0.0% round out the 3 industries that pay their employees the most.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change %
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Freight transportation arrangement$2,358227.4%
Men's and boys' clothing merchant wholesalers$1,712187.9%
Snack food manufacturing$862114.5%
Consumer electronics and appliances rental$1,051110.5%
Gold ore and silver ore mining$1,31681.3%
Promoters without facilities$21965.2%
Motor vehicle gasoline engine and parts mfg.$26961.8%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change $
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Freight transportation arrangement$2,358227.4%
Men's and boys' clothing merchant wholesalers$1,712187.9%
Gold ore and silver ore mining$1,31681.3%
Computer and software merchant wholesalers$1,19655.3%
Consumer electronics and appliances rental$1,051110.5%
Snack food manufacturing$862114.5%
Credit bureaus$57524.7%


Company Size

Idaho Businesses by Size

The solopreneur company, has the most businesses in Idaho by far. 65.1% of all businesses in the state have fewer than 5 employees. The 61,503 small businesses in the state represent 96.9% of all private businesses. The national average is 92.4%. (Small businesses have fewer than 50 employees, Solopreneurs employ fewer than 5.) Idaho added 4,790 businesses in the last year, an increase of 8.2% as compared to the national average of 3.0%.

Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added 4,708 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 8.3% as compared to the national average of 3.1%.

Mid-sized businesses are defined as companies with between 50 and 499 employees. These mid-sized businesses added 84 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 4.6% as compared to the national average of 1.3%.

Large businesses are defined as companies with more than 500 employees. These large businesses declined 2 businesses in the last year, which is a decrease of 3.1% as compared to the national average of 2.1%.



Idaho Employees by Business Size

Idaho added 57,130 employees in the last year, an increase of 10.4% as compared to the national average of 5.2%. Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added 37,880 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 160.4% as compared to the national average of 4.2%.

Mid-sized businesses are defined as companies with between 50 and 499 employees. Mid-sized businesses added 22,323 employees in the last year, which is an increase of 11.8% as compared to the national average of 4.7%.

Large businesses are defined as companies with more than 500 employees. Large businesses lost 3,073 employees in the last year, which is a decrease of 4.4% as compared to the national average of 9.2%.

Idaho Avg Weekly Wages by Business Size

Idaho workers in every size business are paid less than the national average. The smallest companies in Idaho (those with fewer than 5 employees) pay workers 14.3% less than the national average ($879 per week as compared to the national average of $1,005 per week). The largest companies in Idaho (those with more than 1,000 employees) pay 31.4% workers below the national average ($1,456 per week as compared to the national average of $1,913 per week).

Average weekly wages in small businesses added $75 per week in the last year, which is an increase of 2.6% as compared to the national average of 3.1%. Employees of mid-sized businesses added $102 in wages per week in the last year, which is an increase of 4.2% as compared to the national average of 1.3%.

Employees of large businesses lost $3 of weekly wages in the last year, which is a decrease of 0.1% as compared to the national average of 2.1%.

Top Industries for Business and Employment

The table below illustrates the largest industries in the state, by number of businesses:

Table: Top 10 Industries by # of Businesses
Industry# Businesses% Change
Restaurants and other eating places2,9454.3%
Home health care services2,17418.1%
Residential building construction2,06512.4%
Computer systems design and related services1,79413.9%
Management consulting services1,20010.2%
Offices of physicians1,1334.9%
Accounting and bookkeeping services1,0958.8%
Offices of real estate agents and brokers1,01713.6%
Insurance agencies and brokerages9463.5%
Landscaping services9016.5%


The table below illustrates the largest industries in the state, by number of employees:

Table: Top 10 Industries by # of Employees
Industry# Employees% Change
Restaurants and other eating places54,8804.0%
General medical and surgical hospitals22,8382.2%
Supermarkets and other grocery stores12,9335.7%
General merchandise stores including warehouse clubs and supercenters12,6031.6%
Offices of physicians11,9493.3%
Home health care services10,13112.6%
Hotels and motels except casino hotels9,5066.4%
Temporary help services9,425-5.7%
Semiconductor and electronic component mfg.8,956-4.6%
Telephone call centers8,644-7.9%


The table below illustrates the largest industries in the state, by highest wages:

Table: Top 10 Industries by Weekly Wage
IndustryWkly Wages% Change
Freight transportation arrangement$3,395227.4%
Computer and software merchant wholesalers$3,36055.3%
Telephone apparatus manufacturing$3,0620.0%
Gold ore and silver ore mining$2,93581.3%
Credit bureaus$2,90024.7%
Investment banking and securities dealing$2,724-19.1%
Men's and boys' clothing merchant wholesalers$2,623187.9%
Mortgage and nonmortgage loan brokers$2,43421.3%
Business to business electronic markets$2,417-12.6%
Trusts estates and agency accounts$2,35928.4%




Data Sources




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