An Idaho Department of Labor analysis found the state’s energy sector was one of the few that continued growing during the recession, expanding 4 percent from 2007 to 2010.
More than 45,000 people work in Idaho’s energy sector, about 7 percent of all the state’s non-farm jobs. They get more than 10 percent of the wages.
The department said a significant number of energy sector workers will be retiring in the next several years. They will have to be replaced and with the expected growth more will need training.
The Idaho Energy Workforce Consortium is developing a strategy to ensure Idaho workers are ready to fill the energy jobs as they open up, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter said in his proclamation of Oct. 15-21 as “Careers in Energy Week.”
In a similar vein, a study released this week by the Economic Policy Institute on the status of green jobs in the country, Idaho was ranked eighth in the nation among states with the greenest workforce.