Friday, December 3, 2010

Second Worst November on Record for New Hires in Idaho

Posted By on Fri, Dec 3, 2010 at 2:14 PM

Idaho's unemployment picture soured again in November. The jobless rate jumped three-tenths of a percent to 9.4 percent, which represents 70,900 Idahoans. It's the fourth monthly increase in a row and the largest one-month jump since May 2009.

At just over 11,000, new hires across all sectors were the lowest of any November on record except 2009.

The state labor department projects that during the next several months at least 9,500 jobless workers will exhaust their current phase of extended benefits and will be unable to access any additional phases.

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P & Z Commissioner to Snake River Alliance: "I'm offended."

Posted By on Fri, Dec 3, 2010 at 10:57 AM

It was Friday morning before Thursday night's hearing in Payette wrapped up, as a Planning and Zoning Commission heard testimony at Alternate Energy Holding's plan to build a nuclear reactor in rural Southwest Idaho.

A five-hour session saw more than 50 citizens, scientists and engineers trade remarks about the proposed $5 billion reactor. Proponents outnumbered opponents 2-1. The critical debate expectedly centered around jobs—AEHI has promised thousands of jobs during construction and full-time operations.

A half-dozen representatives from the Snake River Alliance took to the microphone to question the proposed plant's stress on water, Idaho's need for more power and the economic feasibility of bringing highly skilled jobs into a rural setting.

About three hours into the marathon, Payette P&Z Commissioner Farrell Rawlings said he had heard enough from the Alliance.

"Our governor is in favor of this. Every mayor in this county is in favor of this. I'm offended that there's not one positive thing that you and your group has contributed to this discussion," said Rawlings.

Boredom quickly turned into surliness, and the highly contested issue heated a cold December night. You can read our full coverage in the Dec. 8 issue of BW.

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Nation's Jobless Rate Grows to Seven-Month High

Posted By on Fri, Dec 3, 2010 at 9:22 AM

The chasm between those with and those without a job continues to grow. Friday, the U.S. Labor Department reported the jobless rate in November hit a seven-month high, with an unemployment rate of 9.8 percent.

Nationwide, more than 15 million people remained out of work last month, and 6.3 million of them have been unemployed for six months or longer.

Meanwhile, Congress continues to duke it out over a push to extend unemployment benefits. A White House report on Dec. 2, estimated 25,622 Idahoans are at risk of losing benefits, and that in turn, could cost Idaho 2,260 jobs by the end of 2011.

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