Average Idaho wages dropped in 2012

Average Idaho wages dropped last year, state now ranks 45th in nation for its pay

Associated Press

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- A new U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report shows the average hourly wage in Idaho was $18.48 last year, down from 2011 averages and about 84 percent of the national average wage in 2012.

Overall, Idaho now ranks 45th for its average, down one spot from its 2011 ranking.

The report shows that among Idaho's largest metro areas, earnings for all occupations except farming, fishing and forestry fell below the national average.

Idahoans in legal, computer or management professions are also earning below the average. For example, in Boise, those professionals earn between 18 and 24 percent less than national averages in those categories.

The report indicates Pocatello was the only metro area in the state where wages — as a percent of the national average — actually increased.

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