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.