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  • Policy brief from the James A. & Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research | Idaho at a Glance. November 2010 | Idaho’s 63,000 Hispanic workers make up 9% of the state’s civilian labor force, compared to 14% in the U.S. civilian labor force as a whole. Hispanic workers in Idaho tend to have lower wages and jobs in lower-skilled sectors than other workers. In 2009, median earnings were about $29,300 for Hispanic males compared to roughly $42,000 for non-Hispanic males. The recession has hit Idaho’s Hispanic workers especially hard. In 2007, their unemployment rate was 7%. By 2009, Hispanic unemployment increased to 15%. Undocumented workers—foreign born, non-citizens of any background who do not have legal immigrant status—make up a smaller share of Idaho’s labor force (3%) than in the U.S. as a whole (5%). This report is the second of three in our At A Glance series on Idaho’s Hispanics. The first focused on demographics (June 2010), and the third will focus on education.

publication date

  • January 1, 2010