The low average weekly wage of Idahoans is not a livable wage for most families in the state. While many advocate that a raise in the minimum wage would solve the problem, addressing Idaho’s skill shortage may provide a quicker solution.

The fact of the matter is, the highest paying jobs in the state require skills and education that go beyond a high school degree. The data shows that going on by even one year affects wages and lifetime earnings for the better. Since the recession, new jobs created that provide benefits and a career path are going to college graduates.

Could Idahoans get a boost in their take home pay through investing in skill-based education at the individual level?

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Idaho Politics Weekly 

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