[Vision2020] structure of the idaho economy

scooke scooke at uidaho.edu
Thu Jun 9 10:46:54 PDT 2011

Dear Visionaries,

                Attached is a pdf of a presentation I gave to the UI Dpt of
Ag Econ and Rural Soc on May 27. In it I compared Idaho's economic structure
to the U.S. and to Colorado. I also include a recent analysis by Michael

                My conclusions are: Idaho is growing a lot of low-wage
low-skill jobs that pay about the national average and it is losing (or
growing slowly) high-wage high-skill jobs that pay significantly less than
the national average. 

                The result is a $10,000 to $12,500 / worker average wage gap
that is growing relative to U.S. and Colorado respectively. This amounts to
about a loss of $6.5 billion in wages per year (-$10,000 x 650,000 workers).

Steve Cooke

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