Retail workers in the Treasure Valley

Bummer numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics today. People in the Boise and Nampa metro area made 11 percent lower wages than the national average last May.

The BLS also tracks how jobs in various industries contribute to the state and Treasure Valley economy. I looked up retail jobs, a huge (and many say underpaid) segment of our job market:

  • In Idaho, there are nearly 20,000 people working as retail salespeople. And almost 15,000 cashiers.
  • In the Boise-Nampa metro area, almost 9,000 people have those jobs. And almost 6,000 cashiers.
  • For every retail supervisor, there are four salespeople.
  • According to the BLS, about 700 people in the Boise-Nampa metro work as telemarketers. More than 2,200 do that job statewide. The telemarketers who fall smack in the middle of the income range make about $9.50 an hour.
  • Retail salespeople in the Treasure Valley and in Idaho make a median hourly wage of about $10 an hour. Supervisors make $15. Cashiers make $9.

If you're curious to see the numbers on your own job, check out the BLS lists for the Boise-Nampa area and Idaho.

And They Are...

danged glad to have a job. It is better than being on welfare and collecting unemployment - unless you are a Democrat or union slug then you can blame someone for something. It doesn't matter what just as long as your problems are someone else's fault.

Where did you hide the football, son?

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It you go online and yell FAQ YOU TOO

You are cut off at the well son.

Fail.

The fact is, you can live more comfortably on welfare than working at a "low skill" job. And, many of these workers qualify for welfare programs, especially if they have kids.

Canadians must yield.

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It you go online and yell FAQ YOU TOO

You are cut off at the well son.

Race to the bottom

Enjoy the ride.

Get a job.

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It you go online and yell FAQ YOU TOO

You are cut off at the well son.

Not enough

It's not enough to just have a job if that job doesn't pay a livable wage. I'm one of the fortunate ones who has had a job for thirty five years in a field that pays a livable wage. Good for me.

The main problem with this economy IMO is that there is not enough disposable income for the working class. Somehow we need to increase the pay for workers. I never hear the powers that be in this state talk about that. In fact, they are doing things that guarantee wages will remain low; lowering the quality of our education by demonizing teachers and trying to replace them with computers while gutting funds for education, making unions as scarce as jackrabbits, fighting any raising of the minimum wage, fighting for the status quo in rising healthcare costs, letting tuition costs rise along with student loan interest rates.

This attitude of "just be thankful you have a job" isn't helpful.

Money is not disposable.

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It you go online and yell FAQ YOU TOO

You are cut off at the well son.