These Are The 10 Worst Places In Idaho To Get A Job

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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We’re on a mission at Zippia to criss-cross the country looking for the best and worst places for jobs.

Today, we set our sites on the worst cities to find a job in Idaho after looking at the best places in Idaho a short while ago.

These cities did not have the grit needed to make it to the big leagues and get that big promotion we all hope to get.

After looking at the data for the 100 biggest cities in Idaho, the ten worst cities to find a job in the Gem State are:

  1. Pinehurst
  2. Council
  3. Wallace
  4. Salmon
  5. Weiser
  6. Kellogg
  7. Cascade
  8. Osburn
  9. Payette
  10. Orofino

Read on to see how we did it.

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How We Determined The Worst Places For Jobs In The Gem State

After getting the data for every place in Idaho, we ultimately decided to limit our analysis to the biggest places with over 5,000 people.

That left us with 100 cities.

We then ranked each place across a number of criteria from one to 100, with 1 being the worst in any given category.

Finally, we took the average rank across all criteria, with the place posting the lowest overall score gaining the title “Worst City In Idaho To Find A Job”.

The criteria we looked at were:




1. Pinehurst


Population: 1,525 Recent Job Growth: -2.88%
Future Job Growth: 23.90%

2. Council


Population: 874 Recent Job Growth: -0.74%
Future Job Growth: 26.00%

3. Wallace


Population: 1,034 Recent Job Growth: -2.88%
Future Job Growth: 23.90%

4. Salmon

Salmon, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,117Recent Job Growth: 0.17%
Future Job Growth: 31.70%

5. Weiser

Weiser, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,469Recent Job Growth: -0.37%
Future Job Growth: 32.80%

6. Kellogg

Kellogg, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,151Recent Job Growth: -2.88%
Future Job Growth: 23.90%

7. Cascade


Population: 1,237 Recent Job Growth: -2.82%
Future Job Growth: 24.20%

8. Osburn


Population: 1,633 Recent Job Growth: -2.88%
Future Job Growth: 23.90%

9. Payette

Payette, Idaho

Source: Flickr

Population: 7,462Recent Job Growth: 0.11%
Future Job Growth: 34.60%

10. Orofino

Orofino, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,103Recent Job Growth: 0.00%
Future Job Growth: 26.40%

Wrapping It Up With Friday Night Drinks

After crunching all the numbers, Pinehurst took the “top” spot as the worst city in Idaho for a job.

So while the economy continues to improve and jobs become available across the state of Idaho, these cities lag behind.

Hopefully they can catch up before they miss their next bonus.

Detailed List Of Worst Places In Idaho To Get A Job

City Rank Population Recent Job Growth Future Job Growth
pinehurst 1 1,525 -2.88% 23.90%
council 2 874 -0.74% 26.00%
wallace 3 1,034 -2.88% 23.90%
salmon 4 3,117 0.17% 31.70%
weiser 5 5,469 -0.37% 32.80%
kellogg 6 2,151 -2.88% 23.90%
cascade 7 1,237 -2.82% 24.20%
osburn 8 1,633 -2.88% 23.90%
payette 9 7,462 0.11% 34.60%
orofino 10 3,103 0.00% 26.40%
glenns ferry 11 1,367 1.21% 36.60%
new plymouth 12 1,674 0.11% 34.60%
arco 13 1,158 0.33% 35.20%
mccall 14 2,938 -2.82% 24.20%
ponderay 15 1,287 2.24% 37.40%
priest river 16 1,721 2.24% 37.40%
mountain home afb 17 3,245 1.21% 36.60%
moscow 18 23,866 1.16% 37.30%
st. maries 19 2,568 3.01% 34.20%
fruitland 20 4,678 0.11% 34.60%
sandpoint 21 7,397 2.24% 37.40%
emmett 22 6,555 2.49% 39.40%
plummer 23 1,027 3.01% 34.20%
buhl 24 4,122 0.59% 36.80%
wilder 25 1,627 2.49% 39.40%
mountain home 26 13,879 1.21% 36.60%
hansen 27 1,055 0.59% 36.80%
twin falls 28 44,097 0.59% 36.50%
bellevue 29 2,010 -0.38% 34.60%
filer 30 2,490 0.59% 36.80%
jerome 31 10,757 0.58% 37.20%
horseshoe bend 32 1,059 2.48% 38.10%
ketchum 33 2,728 -0.38% 34.60%
driggs 34 2,191 0.71% 36.70%
caldwell 35 46,229 2.49% 38.90%
hailey 36 7,905 -0.38% 34.60%
parma 37 2,119 2.49% 39.40%
lapwai 38 1,219 0.84% 37.30%
challis 39 1,304 3.77% 40.90%
sun valley 40 1,226 -0.38% 34.60%
kimberly 41 3,257 0.59% 36.80%
middleton 42 5,542 2.49% 39.40%
genesee 43 994 1.16% 37.30%
victor 44 2,088 0.71% 36.70%
spirit lake 45 1,684 2.66% 39.70%
nampa 46 81,667 2.49% 39.60%
idaho falls 47 57,021 1.74% 39.00%
robie creek 48 978 2.48% 38.10%
gooding 49 3,533 2.10% 40.60%
rigby 50 3,921 1.74% 39.30%
lewiston 51 31,862 0.84% 37.50%
homedale 52 2,631 2.47% 41.30%
post falls 53 27,609 2.66% 39.70%
wendell 54 2,750 2.10% 40.60%
fort hall 55 2,942 2.89% 41.00%
bonners ferry 56 2,621 6.82% 46.40%
marsing 57 1,409 2.47% 41.30%
rathdrum 58 6,840 2.66% 39.70%
hayden 59 13,258 2.66% 39.70%
coeur d’alene 60 44,426 2.66% 40.40%
garden city 61 11,095 2.49% 40.80%
grangeville 62 3,150 5.57% 43.50%
lincoln 63 3,057 1.74% 39.20%
ammon 64 13,575 1.74% 39.20%
ucon 65 1,560 1.74% 39.20%
moyie springs 66 946 6.82% 46.40%
dalton gardens 67 2,140 2.66% 39.70%
aberdeen 68 2,101 3.68% 43.00%
cottonwood 69 936 5.57% 43.50%
iona 70 1,679 1.74% 39.20%
burley 71 10,157 3.97% 43.40%
malad city 72 2,208 2.44% 41.70%
american falls 73 4,382 2.89% 41.30%
st. anthony 74 3,527 4.02% 43.00%
chubbuck 75 13,773 2.89% 41.00%
kamiah 76 1,400 5.63% 46.60%
pocatello 77 54,145 2.89% 41.20%
boise city 78 208,332 2.49% 40.70%
preston 79 5,162 1.69% 41.00%
ashton 80 894 4.02% 43.00%
blackfoot 81 11,781 3.68% 43.00%
shoshone 82 1,908 4.85% 43.80%
franklin 83 1,002 1.69% 41.00%
inkom 84 913 2.89% 41.00%
rexburg 85 25,402 4.01% 44.20%
oakley 86 991 3.97% 43.40%
montpelier 87 2,585 4.45% 45.00%
kuna 88 15,192 2.49% 40.80%
tyhee 89 1,000 2.89% 41.00%
heyburn 90 3,076 3.97% 43.60%
soda springs 91 3,024 2.90% 41.50%
rupert 92 5,496 3.97% 43.60%
shelley 93 4,384 3.68% 43.00%
eagle 94 19,952 2.49% 40.80%
star 95 5,745 2.49% 40.80%
hidden spring 96 2,077 2.49% 40.80%
meridian 97 75,210 2.49% 41.00%
paul 98 1,101 3.97% 43.60%
moreland 99 1,638 3.68% 43.00%
sugar city 100 1,270 4.01% 44.10%

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