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Census reports county median income: $37k

Five-year average reports on labor, employment, occupations

What is the face of labor in Idaho County? Education, health care, natural resource industries and retail are top occupations for residents, according to five-year estimate figures in the 2008-2012 American Community Survey recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Census figures show of the 13,316 population age 16 years and older, 6,372 (47.9 percent) are employed in the civilian labor force. Of these, the majority, 4,004 (62.8 percent) are private wage and salary workers. Government workers make up 21.7 percent (1,384). Those self-employed in their own and not incorporated businesses total 940 (14.8 percent). Unpaid family workers are at .7 percent (44).

For the 6,372 total employed, 1,613 (25.3 percent) are in management, business, science and arts occupations; and 1,458 (22.9 percent) are in service jobs. Sales and office occupations make up 19.5 percent (1,243); natural resources, construction and maintenance are at15.8 percent (1,008); and production, transportation and material moving comprise 1,050 (16.5 percent).

Within these occupations, the largest category of employment – educational services, and health care and social assistance – employs 1,255 (19.7 percent). Agriculture, forestry, fishing, hunting and mining employ the next largest amount: 15 percent (957). Next highest employment numbers are in retail, 717 (11.3 percent); manufacturing, 693 (10.9 percent); and construction, 607 (9.5 percent).

Other notable employment categories include arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food services at 546 (8.6 percent); and public administration, 384 (6 percent).

Based on 6,647 households in Idaho County, according to Census statistics, median household income (in 2012 inflation-adjusted dollars) is $37,067. On annual income and benefits, the largest category is 1,302 households (19.6 percent) reporting in the $50,000 to $74,999 range; 1,219 households (18.3 percent) fall in the $35,000 to $49,999 range; and 1,187 (17.9 percent) bring in $15,000 to $24,999.

Of the extremes, 489 households in Idaho County (7.4 percent) bring in less than $10,000; and 40 (.6 percent) earn $200,000 or more.

U.S. Census figures for this survey are that 14.4 percent of all families in Idaho County reported income in the past 12 months below the poverty level. Married couple families were 8.1 percent, and families with a female householder and no husband present were 42.4 percent. Of all people in the county, 19.2 percent fell below the poverty line; 19.7 percent were ages 18 to 64, and 9.9 percent were age 65 and older.

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