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Idaho Workers' Overall Earnings Last In Nation

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IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) - The Idaho Department of Labor says the state ranks last in overall earnings by full- and part-time job holders.
    
The median annual wage in Idaho is $23,192. The department estimates a family of four needs $39,000 a year to sustain itself but only about a third of Idaho jobs last year paid that much.
    
Labor Department spokesman Bob Fick says that is due in part to higher job growth in the low-wage service sector than the production sector, where mining, logging and manufacturing jobs pay more.
    
The Post Register reports (http://bit.ly/UvpRyf) since 1990, Idaho has gained 10,000 production jobs while the service sector grew by 210,000 jobs.
    
Fick says as a result, Idaho has one of the highest rates in the nation in which people work more than one job.
    

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