Nez Perce County added 133 payroll jobs—for a 0.6 percent increase—between the fourth quarter of 2009 and the fourth quarter of 2010. First quarter 2011 numbers are not completely in, so attached is an estimate based on the largest employers in the county and a sampling of others. It shows 175 jobs—a 0.9 percent increase from the first quarter of 2010. Exceptionally cool, wet weather and the shutdown of barge traffic probably caused 60 to 120 fewer jobs in the first quarter of 2011 than there otherwise would have been, so the percentage growth would have been more substantial. Total payrolls (total wages, salaries, and other labor income) grew considerably faster—3.4 percent—indicating that many people were working more hours this year than they were last. Rising hours of a week is a good indication of stronger economic activity, and also generally leads to increased hiring after a while.
Manufacturing—a main driver of the local economy and one of the higher-paying sectors—saw its employment grow by an estimated 329 jobs between the first quarter of 2010 and the first quarter of 2011. That’s a 13.7 percent increase in jobs.
Job openings listed with the Idaho Department of Labor’s Lewiston office increased a lot between the first quarter of 2009 and first quarter of 2010 and showed a small increase between the first quarter of 2010 and the first quarter of 2011.
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