Unemployment is very low in Idaho. The current rate is only 3.6%, down from 3.8% in 2005. The median household income is $39,859, and income has risen 3.7% from 2003 to 2004. There were also 23,000 new jobs created between those 2 years alone. Idaho is not only known for its production of potatoes, but manufacturing as well as agriculture are its top main industries. Technology, tourism, retail, healthcare and service industries are also growing industries in the state. Mining and forestry also define many communities. The states largest employers are Albertsons, Bechtel BWXT Idaho, Micron Technology, Inc, Boise School District, Hewlett-Packard Company; Idaho Dept. of Health & Welfare and Mountain Home Air Force Base.
Education in Idaho is excellent. Nearly 94 percent of the states children attend public schools. NAEP testing shows that students have continued to score above the national average on all sections of testing. Test scores have been very high in 4th graders when testing in mathematics and writing skills. In 2003, 80 percent of 4th graders tested at basic or above levels in math and in 2005, the results were at 86%. In 2002, 85% of 4th graders tested at the basic or higher level and 8th graders tested at 84% being at the basic or higher levels. There are 707 schools in the state and Idaho spends $6,254 on each of its students educations.