Boise Valley Workforce

With our affordable cost of living and extraordinary quality of life, the Boise Metro has been able to lure and retain some of the country’s most highly trained workers. After nearly a decade of dramatic and exciting growth, the region today is home to a skilled workforce of 330,000 individuals.  Not only that, the Boise Metro continues to see national attention for the region's job growth and talent:

#1 State with Fastest Job Growth in 2016
Kiplinger | June 2016 
The Gem State is home to booming tech and aerospace industries, as well as military bases that boost spending in surrounding areas. Boise is home to a number of growing and thriving S&P 500 companies including Cradlepoint, J.R. Simplot, Micron Technologies 

Boise #3 Best City for Job Seekers
Business Insider| March 2016 

The Next Top 10 Cities for Tech Jobs (Boise #7)
via FastCompany | July 2015 
Boise has cemented itself as an affordable launch pad for tech careers, attracting major industry employers like Hewlett Packard and Microsoft along with a burgeoning startup ecosystem.

#2 Top Up-And-Coming Cities for Recent College Grads

Forbes | June 2015

#1 City "Where the Jobs Will Be This Spring"
Forbes | March 2015 

The Boise MSA is the third largest metro in the Northwest with 30% growth projected by 2020.  Boise is among the top ten cities for in-migration over the last four years at a rate of 3.96%.  Aside from cities in Florida who are seeing an influx of retirees, the metros leading the nation with the fastest growth include:

1) Austin, TX
2) Charleston, SC
3) Boise, ID

The Boise Metro has a young population that are here to be hired:

  • Total Population in the Boise/Nampa MSA: 664,422 (U.S. Census Bureau Estimate 2014)
  • Workforce within a 45-minute draw area: 330,000
  • Median Age: 34.6 (National Median: 37.6) 
  • Quality of workforce—stable, enthusiastic, loyal
  • Average Commute Time: 18 minutes
  • More patents are generated per capita in the Boise Valley than any other region in the country

Additionally, the Boise Valley offers workforce training funds for qualified companies expanding or relocating in Idaho. For more information on Idaho’s Workforce Development Training Program, including eligibility requirements, click here.

Mark Warner, Vice President and General Manager
Motive Power

“You can rely on the folks that you would hire locally to help in the success of your company. Our experience here is that the people here are very reliable and hardworking.  We have very low turnover. They really care about the work they do and we’re able to find most of them from within the area.”   Read on.>>

Clark Krause
Executive Director
Mobile: 208-863-9675
Phone: 208-472-5230
Charity Nelson
Director of Economic Development
Mobile: 208-863-8521
Phone: 208-472-5240
Ethan Mansfield
Project & Research Manager
Mobile: 208-921-4686
Phone: 208-472-5246
250 S. 5th St.
Suite 300
Boise, Idaho 83702
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