Idaho’s unemployment rate dropped to 2.8% in September.
That stunning number is the lowest Idaho unemployment rate since 1976!
Idaho’s workforce now stands at 800,000, resulting in a labor force participation rate of 63.2%.
In other words, everyone who wants to work in Idaho is now working!
Increased payrolls in construction, education, and health services contributed to the low unemployment number.
During his 45 years of full-time real estate experience, Phil has helped thousands of past clients buy and sell quality properties in the Western U.S.
Phil is one of only ten local Realtors® (of nearly 5,600) honored with the coveted “Realtor® Emeritus” award from the National Association of Realtors®, recognizing 40 years in real estate.
Thanks to our recent series of storms passing through the Boise Area, Bogus Basin Ski Area opened this past weekend.
After getting surprised with a foot of snow Friday, the resort announced that they would begin operating seven days a week beginning today.
Bogus Basin is one of Boise’s treasures, located just 16.5 miles above downtown Boise with runs for tubers, beginners, and those who enjoy the challenge of a Black Diamond run.
With 2,600 acres of skiable (daytime) terrain and 78 named runs, there’s something for every skier!
The resort enjoys 200-250 inches of natural snow per year and is an easy 30 to 45-minute drive from downtown Boise.
The Simplot Lodge and Pioneer Lodge offer comfortable places to relax between runs with excellent food and drink.
Affordable season passes are available for individual skiers and families.
Check out current ski conditions on the Mountain Cam!
Bike-friendly Boise has landed on another “list” of best communities!
This time, The League of American Bicyclists has awarded its “Silver” rating to Ada County.
Ada County is one of only four counties in the U.S to receive the award.
The award criteria includes:
- A minimum of 3.5% of people in the community commute by bicycle.
- A minimum of two annual offerings of adult bicycle skills classes.
- A minimum of 45% of arterial streets with bike lanes.
- A minimum of 30% of the total road networks include a bicycle network.
Other interesting facts . . . .
- Ada County currently has 306 miles of bike lanes, more than 400 bicycle wayfinding signs, and dozens of miles of designated bike routes on arterial and neighborhood streets.
- In 2009, the Ada County Highway District (ACHD) approved “Roadways to Bikeways”, an ambitious plan to install bike facilities within a quarter mile of 95% of Ada County Residents.
Source: Boise Weekly
The Payette River is a mecca for whitewater enthusiasts with the Main, North, and South forks of the Payette River draining more than 3,000 square miles of the Sawtooth Range and Salmon River Basin.
You can choose from the calmer waters of the Main Fork for a leisurely float trip, or you can tackle the challenging Class 5 rapids just above the Banks area if you are brave (or foolhardy).
There are several river rafting companies on the Payette River with most of them located around Banks, Idaho ~ about 40 miles north of Boise.
Depending upon the length and type of trip, most rafting trips will “put in” somewhere between Garden Valley and Banks, Idaho.
My favorite run is the Cabarton Section, which offers a combination of calm to moderate water, punctuated by five attention-getting rapids, including a breathtaking 20-foot plunge just before the take-out point at Smiths Ferry.
Best of all, this spectacular, beautiful scenery is only an hour north of Boise!