"War on Western Jobs" hits Nevada, California the worst.

The House and Senate Republican Western Caucuses are joining together Tuesday to hold a hearing designed to highlight Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers that show the West has had the highest regional unemployment over the last 12 months.

GOP Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming and GOP Rep. Rob Bishop of Utah announced the hearing they call “War on Western Jobs.” I always perk up when western politicians in an election year start declaring a “War on the West.” Sen. Larry Craig and other Republicans used similar rhetoric against the Clinton administration in 1994 successfully.

The GOP analysis about unemployment is right as far as it goes. Their data is a month old but the West reported the highest regional jobless rate in May, 10.9 percent. But that includes California, at more than 12 percent, which has a far different economy than the Mountain West and Nevada with a whopping 14 percent unemployment rate.

Take Nevada out and the Mountain West actually looks better than most regions of the country. Idaho clearly is hurting at 9 percent and in 2008 and 2009 the state lost 39,000 jobs.

But other than Nevada, our surrounding mountain states have fared remarkably well in the worst economic disaster since the Great Depression. Montana reported 7.2 percent unemployment.

Barrasso's and Bishop’s states, Wyoming and Utah, have 7 percent and 7.3 percent respectively.

Why have Wyoming, Montana and Utah weathered the storm so well? Very different reasons, I suspect. Supporters of the Idaho high tech industry will point to the spending on education, the programs aimed at helping start-up companies and the higher scale of pay for high tech workers based on my interviews for my weekend story on Gov. Butch Otter’s economic vision.

The oil, gas and coal industries, important in all three states have done relatively well.
It’s going to be hard to blame politics for restrictions on these industries after the BP spill and with the Obama administration choosing not to list sage grouse.

Who knows? With the discovery in Payette County maybe we'll have gas revenues we can use to help pay for schools.

Idaho’s unemployment is clearly not as bad as it would have been due to all of the stimulus dollars spent. But how much will be hard to determine until later and of course most Republicans opposed the stimulus so no credit there.

It was only a few years ago that Nevada was leading the nation in economic growth so that turnaround is significant and may play the major role in this year’s election there. But I don’t think the “War on Western Jobs” label is going to stick.

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from the horse:

This news release from Sen. Barrasso makes much more sense about the hearing:


the rest of this is blah blah blah.

Barrasso is a coward.

He refuses to identify his party, while using his title.

Mmm...sounds familiar and locak though.


Celebrating my 3rd year posting 10/10/10


"Barrasso and Bishop’s states "

This is a tough one, but lets try:
Joint and separate possession
A distinction is made between joint possession (Jason and Sue’s emails: the emails of both Jason and Sue), and separate possession (Jason’s and Sue’s emails: the emails of Jason, and the emails of Sue). _wiki
Wyoming and Utah have 7 percent and 7.3 percent respectively.

K I S S can afford to retire whenever they'd like.


If I think of something I'll let you know but I can't stand a naked signature.

Watch where you are sitting if Creig uses the facility

In this election year, I am amazed by the inability of our representatives to accomplish anything useful besides throwing eggs and half truths, in my 61 years here I can never remember a more dirty time in politics, the R's have never gotten over the fact that we elected a black man, injecting the worn out race card into the mix is too much.

61 years?

I think KIDO was 1380 and KFXD maybe 1210 on the dial but I don't remember hearing about this site being around in 1949 : )


If I think of something I'll let you know but I can't stand a naked signature.

War on Western Jobs

Here's the final report, Rocky:


Who can take this seriously...

when these yahoos refuse to disclose their political affiliation?
They use their titles, but leave out their party affiliation, which automatically makes their points suspect, at best.
They prove they are not men enough to man up.

And recycling old campaign tunes isn't enough, any more.
Those were flushed along with toe tapping.

It's Already Happened in MANY WESTERN COMMUNITIES!!!

Mr. Barker, as a witness to several towns' deaths at the hands of one abusive regulatory agency otherwise known as the USFS, I would have to respectively but STRONGLY disagree with you.

More than 100,000 jobs were lost in the Northwest due to legislation enacted to protect the spotted owl. EVEN THOUGH NO SPOTTED OWLS LIVE IN IDAHO our logging industry was effectively put out of business to protect a bird which will probably never enter our borders.

The town of Yellow Pine, Idaho and surrounding regions had 500-700 jobs in 1983, the first year the Frank Church wilderness went into effect. Now there are roughly 16 jobs.

Maybe you remember when the sawmills in Cascade, Horseshoe Bend, and all across Idaho evaporated into thin air along with thousands of associated jobs in those tiny communities.

Those jobs were never replaced with recreation jobs as promised by proponents of putting western timber and mineral companies out of business. The money the federal government promised to pay to fund schools and education, in lieu of tax-dollars from mining and logging companies is a far cry from the $150,000 annual property tax paid by one company at Stibnite, Idaho.