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Idaho Secretary of State Lawrence Denney, along with the other members of Idaho’s State Board of Canvassers, Idaho State Controller Brandon Woolf, and Idaho State Treasurer Julie Ellsworth conducted the official state canvass for the 2020 General Election. The canvass of votes is the officia…

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Record growth in the state’s seasonally adjusted labor force increased September’s unemployment rate to 6.1 percent, up from 4.2 percent in August. The labor force is up by 22,129 (+2.5 percent) to 918,644. As a result, the number of unemployed increased by 18,806, even as total employment c…

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U.S. seasonally adjusted nonfarm payroll employment was 7.6 percent lower in August than February. Idaho jobs dropped 1.8 percent—the smallest drop among all 50 states. In six states, job cuts were greater than 10 percent.

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Coronavirus continues to throw surprises at North Central Idaho. Its seasonally adjusted unemployment jumped from 4.1 percent in August to 6.2 percent in September, according to statistics released today by the Idaho Department of Labor. All of the region’s counties had sharp increases in un…

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Local manufacturing businesses and jobs have experienced a resurgence in recent years that needs to continue for our state’s livelihood and connection to the global economy.

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North Central Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell from 5.8 percent in July to 4.9 percent in August. Unemployment rates fell in all of the region’s counties, as the economy continued to recover from the coronavirus shutdowns. The recovery has only partially restored the econom…

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North Central Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell from 9.0 percent in May to 5.6 percent in June as about 2,800 people returned to their jobs as the reopening continued. June’s improvement followed May’s improvement, which pushed the unemployment rate down from its peak of 11.…

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Clearwater Economic Development Association (CEDA) will administer $1,401,000 in CARES Act Recovery Assistance funds awarded by the Economic Development Administration (EDA) to help North Central Idaho communities and businesses respond to economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. …

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North Central Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell from 9.0 percent in May to 5.6 percent in June as about 2,800 people returned to their jobs as the reopening continued. June’s improvement followed May’s improvement, which pushed the unemployment rate down from its peak of 11.…

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USDA’s Farm Service Agency will now accept applications for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) through an online portal, expanding the options available to producers to apply for this program, which helps offset price declines and additional marketing costs because of the coronav…

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Commissioners for Orofino Planning and Zoning Department met June 16, to discuss the possibilities for re-zoning the property above the Orofino Elementary School and the new Clearwater Historical Museum to the left of the top of Bartlett Street.

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Unemployment rates in North Central Idaho fell from 11.3 percent in April to 9.1 percent in May as many people returned to work as the lockdown began ending. The rate remained more than three times higher the 2.7 percent in March.

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No event has ever had such a massive, sudden impact on Idaho’s economy as the COVID-19 economic crisis. Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate soared from a record low 2.5 percent in March to a record high of 11.5 percent in April. With the lockdown phasing out in late May and early J…

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Unemployment rates in North Central Idaho soared from near record lows in March to near record highs in April. The region as a whole saw its unemployment rise from 2.7 percent in March to 11.4 percent in April. That was considerably higher than the Great Recession peak of 8.6 percent in Sept…

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Protocols are now available for bars/breweries/wineries/distilleries and outdoor pools/splashpads/waterparks to open in Stage three of the Idaho Rebounds plan to safely and responsibly open Idaho’s economy. Protocols for onboarding seasonal or temporary workers were also added.

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Laid-off Idaho workers filed 117,811 initial claims for unemployment benefits during the six weeks of the COVID-19 state of emergency – twice the total number of initial claims filed in all of 2019.

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The Orofino Chamber’s President, Ashley Steinbruecker greeted membersfor the first meeting of 2020, Jan. 8. Connie Robison thanked members and the board for their support in re-electing her to serve as Vice President, (again) for the Chamber, She good-naturedly noted being the one board memb…

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“Is a Small Farm in Your Future?” is the title of a one-day workshop that has been rescheduled to Saturday, Dec. 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The workshop will be held at the Lewis County Courthouse in Nezperce, a new location due to room availability. This is the first time this exciting works…

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Lewiston - Write Your Business Plan Now – Nov. 19, 11:30 am, $20, Small Business Development Center, 406 Main St., Lewiston. Instructor: Barbara Leachman. - Want a business plan but can’t seem to get it done?  Take out your pen or use a laptop NOW. This workshop is the time to make it happen!

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Get the information you need ahead of starting your business by taking this workshop! The fee is $10 per person and will be held at the LCSC Orofino Outreach Center at 416 Johnson Avenue on Oct. 17 from 6-7:30 p.m. You will be given important resources to help with a new business in addition…