Key Findings

Fifty-three percent of job openings pay less than $14.57 an hour, the living wage for a single adult. More than four out of five, 83 percent, pay less than $25.12 an hour, the living wage for a single adult with two children.

For each job opening that pays at least $14.57 an hour, the living wage for a single adult, there are eight job-seekers on average. For each job opening that pays at least $25.12 an hour, the living wage for a single adult with two children, there are 21 job-seekers on average.

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Genevieve Sylvia – Orofino, ID

“There is no way I can afford to see my doctor.”

Personal Testimony: Genevieve Sylvia

Sometimes I feel trapped because, without my boyfriend, I don’t make enough to live on my own. I don’t like that feeling. … I really miss being able to buy things, like clothes. I have grown since moving out and none of my clothes fit, but I can’t afford new clothes.

I am 20 years old and work part-time as a health care provider for a disabled child. I love my client and can’t imagine not helping him, although right now I am only bringing home about $300 a month. I took an extra course while I was in high school and became a licensed phlebotomist, but so far it hasn’t helped me get another part-time job. I have always wanted to work in the health care field, but good-paying jobs in any field are hard to find in Idaho.

After I turned 18, I was a little excited to move out from my parent’s home, but quickly I realized how hard it is. At first I lived with a couple roommates, and now I live with my boyfriend. He has a pretty good job for around here and makes $12.50 an hour, but our monthly bills don’t leave any money for us to fully live. We are young and want to have fun enjoying camping, swimming, hiking and exploring new places, but that is just a dream. My life has become a boring circle of sleep, work, eat and sleep.

Sometimes I feel trapped because, without my boyfriend, I don’t make enough to live on my own. I don’t like that feeling. I miss all the fun things we used to do and I really miss being able to buy things, like clothes. I have grown since moving out and none of my clothes fit, but I can’t afford new clothes.

I miss having health care, too. Before I turned 19, I was receiving Medicaid, but now I don’t qualify for any help here in Idaho. Unfortunately, I have kidney problems and need to be able to see a doctor once in awhile. There is no way I can afford to see my old doctor, whom I’ve gone to all my life. If I need to see a doctor, I make an 80-mile roundtrip to Lewiston and go to the free clinic, if I have the gas to get there.

Having a good job for me would be one that would offer health care and pay enough so that I have clothes that fit, money to go to out once in a while (I am only 20) and maybe someday be able to live the American Dream of a home and a family.

Idaho Low Wage Fact Sheet

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