Energy sector one of few to grow through Idaho recession

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.

In other words

Get ready to pay more!

What do you expect

With the free for all the Federally subsidize WIND industry is enjoying in Idaho...I am waiting for turbines to show up on Table Rock...Promontory Point...Squaw Butte. Little wonder about the jobs. Ruin the landscape with technology that won't pay for itself, yet don't cut any lumber out of Idaho National Forest...genius.


Enviros refuse to acknowledge trees are a RENEWABLE resource. And most of em are 'green'.

Like computers, they've got bugs and are in the wild.


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Why worry

Just give 'em a laptop....

Just don't get caught with one while in the Senate.


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