(BOISE, Idaho) -- The state Department of Labor on Friday released data that projected 27,000 job openings each year through 2022, including 11,000 jobs created annually.
The 2012 Idaho labor force was 672,015 individuals, a figure that the department anticipates jumping to 781,021 by 2022. That jump would be a 16.2 percent increase, "five percentage points higher than the national growth rate."
The biggest projected increase in employment is in the construction and extraction industry, with about 9,000 of the added jobs, a jump of 27.1 percent. Also among the fields most expected to expand employment are healthcare practitioners and technical staff, healthcare support, food preparation and serving and personal care and service.
The legal field; life, physical and social sciences; and the arts, entertainment, sports and media are the three fields expected to grow the least in the coming years.
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