2011 Median Household Income Fell For Third Straight Year In Idaho
Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) New U.S. Census estimates show that Idaho’s median household income fell for the third year in a row in 2011.
The slow recovery from the great recession continues to have an impact on Idahoans.
"As far as the last year three years it really tells that this recession was a man recession basically the two industries that were hit the hardest were construction and manufacturing” said Jan Roeser Regional Economist, Department of Labor.
The median household income in the state is at $43, 341, down 0.3% from 2010.
"I don't think it is as much people's wages, people did see some loss in hours and that would impact it yes” said Roeser.
Since the recession took a firm grip on Idaho’s economy about 16.5% of Idaho residents were living in poverty last year, nearly one percent more than in 2010.
"More people are using the services; they don't want to be they want to get back out there and be able to collect that pay check that they're using to receiving so it's been a lot of adjustment to make ends meet with lower income” said Leanne Trappen Community Service Director, SCCAP.
The Magic Valley has always been in the lower tear of income throughout the state.
Idaho isn't a high wage state because of agriculture and service jobs.
The department of labor says, next year they hope to be in the positive area as income has gotten better since 2008.