The latest unemployment numbers continue to put Idaho in the top tier of states when it comes to economic recovery. The number of people on unemployment in the Gem State is rapidly approaching pre-COVID levels — a huge triumph for Gov. Brad Little, state policymakers, and more importantly, hardworking Idahoans.
Yet Idaho, like most states, is also grappling with an ongoing labor shortage. There are thousands of available jobs across the state and many businesses are struggling to find workers. But there’s good news for Idaho. While experts continue to theorize about the cause of the labor shortage and changing workforce demographics, policies are already at play in Idaho that are working to grow and attract new workers in the years to come. And many of these pro-job, pro-growth policies were adopted long before COVID-19.