U.S. Census reports top occupations of region’s civilian population


Grangeville Elementary Middle School teacher Chris FitzMaurice instructs her joint kindergarten-first grade class in how a survey is conducted.

Photo by David Rauzi.
Grangeville Elementary Middle School teacher Chris FitzMaurice instructs her joint kindergarten-first grade class in how a survey is conducted.

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Crews keep a line on one of two fuel tanks set for installation during the Zip Trip expansion project in Grangeville.

Teachers, doctors and counselors: These and related professions make up nearly 20 percent of Idaho County’s work force, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures recently released through the 2008-2012 American Community Survey.

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A truck stands at the ready near a log deck on a BLM fuels reduction project near Elk City. This work was to reduce catastrophic fire potential in the area.

According to five-year estimates during this period, Idaho County’s civilian employed population, age 16 years and older, was reported at 6,372. Of this amount, 19.7 percent (1,255) were employed in the educational services, health care and social assistance category.

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Madison Lowe, cashier at Irwin Drug in Grangeville, helps a customer complete his transaction.

Remaining occupations in the top five were as follows:

• agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and mining: 957 (15 percent);

• retail trade: 717 (11.2 percent);

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Raw boards headed for finishing at Idaho Forest Group in Grangeville.

• manufacturing: 693 (10.8 percent);

• construction: 607 (9.5 percent).

Making up 8.6 percent (546) of those employed are those in the arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food services. Public administration employs 384 (6 percent), followed by 284 (4.5 percent) working in professional, scientific and waste management services. Finance and insurance, and real estate, rental and leasing comprise 3.6 percent (228) of the total.

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