Idaho Q1, 2019 Employment Statistics

  • 66,244 employers, up 7.8% from 61,439
  • 727,049 employees, up 2.9% from 706,501
  • $828 average weekly wage, up 2.3% from $809
  • The average weekly wage is 30.1% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 5.8% below the national average

Employer & Employee Growth

In the last year, the number of employers in the state increased by 4,805, which is an increase of 7.8%. The number of employees in Idaho increased by 20,549, an increase of 2.9%. During this same period, the average weekly wage increased by $19, an increase of 2.3%.

The number of private employers increased since last years' Q1. The number of private businesses increased by 4,790 or 8.2%. Growth in private businesses in Idaho grew faster than the national average of 3.0%. The number of employees in these businesses increased since last years' Q1, increasing by 19,043 or 3.3%. The growth in employees of private businesses in Idaho was faster than the national average of 1.7%.

The average weekly wage of employees of private businesses increased since last years' Q1. The averge weekly wage increased by $17 or 2.1%. Growth in average weekly wage of employees of private businesses in Idaho grew slower than the national average of 3.0%.


Leading Sectors

Businesses by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of businesses in the state is Construction with 13.0% of the businesses in the state. The number of businesses in this sector increased by 11.7%. Professional services (12.0%), which increased by 9.8% and Healthcare (11.2%), which increased by 9.4%, round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Business Change %
SectorChange Biz% Change
Educational services9412.2%
Information14312.2%
Construction90811.7%
Mining and oil extraction1911.1%
Real estate and rental26211.1%
Professional services7109.8%
Waste services3349.7%
Transport and warehousing1859.6%
Wholesale trade3299.5%
Healthcare6349.4%
Company management328.4%
Finance and insurance2567.9%
Arts and entertainment767.7%
Other services2737.1%
Accommodation and food services1925.0%
Retail trade1903.2%
Manufacturing873.2%
Agriculture and forestry652.9%
Utilities10.4%


Employees by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of employees in the state is Healthcare with 13.1% of the employees in the state, had an increase in employees of 4.1% in the last year. Retail trade (11.7%), increased by 1.4% and Manufacturing (9.4%), increased by 1.8%, round out the top 3 sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Employee Change %
SectorEmployee Change% Change
Construction3,8379.1%
Educational services5928.2%
Company management4657.1%
Real estate and rental5176.8%
Arts and entertainment6966.6%
Professional services2,3666.4%
Other services1,0075.7%
Healthcare3,7764.1%
Accommodation and food services2,5654.0%
Transport and warehousing8064.0%
Wholesale trade1,0263.6%
Manufacturing1,1651.8%
Retail trade1,1651.4%
Finance and insurance2130.9%
Waste services-572-1.3%
Information-122-1.4%
Mining and oil extraction-31-1.5%
Agriculture and forestry-363-1.7%
Utilities-65-2.2%


Average Weekly Wage by Sector

The sector that pays their employees the highest is Utilities paying $2,166per week compared with the state average of $832. Weekly wages in this sector rose by $116 or 5.7%. Company management ($1,979), rose by $122 or 6.6% and Mining and oil extraction ($1,365) declined by $294 or 17.7% round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Weekly Wage Change %
SectorWage ChangeChange %
Arts and entertainment$246.7%
Company management$1226.6%
Information$595.8%
Finance and insurance$735.7%
Utilities$1165.7%
Wholesale trade$655.5%
Educational services$334.5%
Professional services$514.2%
Real estate and rental$274.0%
Construction$293.7%
Accommodation and food services$113.6%
Healthcare$273.5%
Agriculture and forestry$162.3%
Transport and warehousing$141.8%
Waste services$91.2%
Other services$30.5%
Retail trade$10.2%
Manufacturing$-45-3.8%
Mining and oil extraction$-294-17.7%


Leading Industries

Businesses by Industry

Each broad sector is made up of specific industries. In Idaho. the industry with the most businesses is Restaurants and other eating places with 4.4% of the businesses in the state (with 2,919 employing 52,437 workers). The Restaurants and other eating places industry had 128 more businesses, an increase of 4.6% in the last year. Home health care services (3.2% of businesses) added 299 businesses, an increase of 16.7% and Residential building construction (3.0% of businesses) added 244 businesses, an increase of 13.8% round out the 3 industries with the most businesses.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change %
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Urethane and other foam product manufacturing2200.0%
Trusts estates and agency accounts17141.7%
Junior colleges4100.0%
Reinsurance carriers3100.0%
Advertising material distribution services1090.9%
Ophthalmic goods merchant wholesalers685.7%
Toy and hobby goods merchant wholesalers1482.4%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change #
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Home health care services29916.7%
Residential building construction24413.8%
Computer systems design and related services21514.2%
Restaurants and other eating places1284.6%
Management consulting services12511.8%
Offices of real estate agents and brokers12514.5%
Accounting and bookkeeping services858.6%


Employees by Industry

Home health care services (3.2% of employees) added 299 employees, an increase of 16.7% and Residential building construction (3.0% ofemployees) added 244 employees, an increase of 13.8% round out the 3 industries with the most employees.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change %
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Metal valve manufacturing40384.1%
Office equipment rental and leasing72196.9%
Toy and hobby goods merchant wholesalers78171.6%
Motor vehicle gasoline engine and parts mfg.19100.3%
Power and communication system construction36382.2%
Piece goods merchant wholesalers1081.8%
Forging and stamping2579.4%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change #
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Restaurants and other eating places1,9553.9%
Home health care services92510.4%
General medical and surgical hospitals8423.8%
Residential building construction64011.2%
Management consulting services60617.2%
Supermarkets and other grocery stores5955.0%
Computer systems design and related services56110.2%


Average Weekly Wage by Industry

Home health care services ($3) and Residential building construction ($3) round out the top 3 industries. Employees in the Home health care services ($3 per week) were paid $299 more per week, an increase of 16.7% and Residential building construction ($3 per week) were paid $244 more per week, an increase of 13.8% round out the 3 industries that pay their employees the most.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change %
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Snack food manufacturing$1,241154.2%
Credit bureaus$3,245146.3%
Consumer electronics and appliances rental$1,018121.2%
Financial transaction processing and clearing$1,90291.3%
Public relations agencies$51376.1%
Metalworking machinery manufacturing$64769.3%
Spectator sports$40865.0%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change $
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Credit bureaus$3,245146.3%
Financial transaction processing and clearing$1,90291.3%
Snack food manufacturing$1,241154.2%
Consumer electronics and appliances rental$1,018121.2%
Trusts estates and agency accounts$90254.4%
Metalworking machinery manufacturing$64769.3%
Pesticide and other ag. chemical mfg.$62630.2%


Company Size

Idaho Businesses by Size

The solopreneur company, has the most businesses in Idaho by far. 65.1% of all businesses in the state have fewer than 5 employees. The 61,503 small businesses in the state represent 96.9% of all private businesses. The national average is 92.9%. (Small businesses have fewer than 50 employees, Solopreneurs employ fewer than 5.) Idaho added 4,790 businesses in the last year, an increase of 8.2% as compared to the national average of 3.0%.

Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added 4,708 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 8.3% as compared to the national average of 3.1%.

Mid-sized businesses are defined as companies with between 50 and 499 employees. These mid-sized businesses added 84 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 4.6% as compared to the national average of 1.3%.

Large businesses are defined as companies with more than 500 employees. These large businesses declined 2 businesses in the last year, which is a decrease of 3.1% as compared to the national average of 2.1%.



Idaho Employees by Business Size

Idaho added 57,130 employees in the last year, an increase of 10.4% as compared to the national average of 5.2%. Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added 37,880 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 160.4% as compared to the national average of 4.2%.

Mid-sized businesses are defined as companies with between 50 and 499 employees. Mid-sized businesses added 22,323 employees in the last year, which is an increase of 11.8% as compared to the national average of 4.7%.

Large businesses are defined as companies with more than 500 employees. Large businesses lost 3,073 employees in the last year, which is a decrease of 4.4% as compared to the national average of 9.2%.

Idaho Avg Weekly Wages by Business Size

Idaho workers in every size business are paid less than the national average. The smallest companies in Idaho (those with fewer than 5 employees) pay workers 14.3% less than the national average ($879 per week as compared to the national average of $1,005 per week). The largest companies in Idaho (those with more than 1,000 employees) pay 31.4% workers below the national average ($1,456 per week as compared to the national average of $1,913 per week).

Average weekly wages in small businesses added $75 per week in the last year, which is an increase of 2.6% as compared to the national average of 3.1%. Employees of mid-sized businesses added $102 in wages per week in the last year, which is an increase of 4.2% as compared to the national average of 1.3%.

Employees of large businesses lost $3 of weekly wages in the last year, which is a decrease of 0.1% as compared to the national average of 2.1%.



Data Sources




About the Writer

This page was created and is maintained by Kurt Tietjen, Founder of Stavera, High Peak Media & HomeGearWorks.com. Kurt is an executive, data scientist and software engineer who holds an MBA in Management Information Systems. In 2010, he partnered with scientists at Northwestern University to launch The Street Wire. This was one of the first mainstream uses of what would become “Narrative Science”, an artificial intelligence platform specializing in natural language generation. You can contact Kurt on LinkedIn here.