Photo by David Rauzi
A welder hard at work at Idaho Forest Group mill in Grangeville.
As of Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Private and self-employed workers make up the majority of employment within Idaho County. This, according to estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2012-2016 American Community Survey (ACR).
ACR is a rolling sample of estimates on more than 40 social, economic and housing characteristics.
In Idaho County, according to the Census, 46 percent of the population age 16 and older were employed, and 51 percent were not currently employed. An estimated 67 percent (4,127) of those employed were private wage and salary workers; 21.5 percent (1,325) were federal, state, or local government workers; and 11 percent (676) were self-employed in their own (not incorporated) business.
In 2012-2016, the civilian employed population 16 years and older in Idaho County worked in the following industries:
- Educational services, health care, social assistance: 17.5 percent
- Manufacturing: 12.2 percent
- Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, mining: 11.1 percent
- Retail: 9.8 percent
- Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, food services: 9.2 percent
- Construction: 8.9 percent; other services: 7.6 percent; public administration: 6.6 percent; transportation, warehousing, utilities: 5.6 percent; finance, insurance, real estate, rental, leasing: 4.3 percent; professional, scientific, management, administrative, waste management services: 3.5 percent; Information: 2.1 percent; and wholesale trade: 1.6 percent.
Occupations for the civilian employed population 16 years and older in Idaho County in 2012-2016 were as follows:
- Management, business, sciences and arts: 1,530 (24.9 percent)
- Sales and office: 1,390 (22.6 percent)
- Service: 1,097 (17.8 percent)
- Natural resources, construction, maintenance: 1,079 (17.5 percent)
- Production, transportation, material moving: 1,059 (17.2 percent)
Getting to Work
Most of Idaho County’s workers – 69.7 percent – drove to work alone in 2012-16, and 11 percent carpooled. Along with this, 9 percent walked, and 8.9 percent worked at home.
Among those who commuted, it took them on average 18 minutes to get to work.