Hospitality industry drove job growth in Idaho in 2016

The hospitality industry has driven job growth in Idaho, supported by a major construction boom. 

In November, nonfarm payrolls increased in Idaho by 2,000 positions, with the biggest expansion in leisure and hospitality, according to the Idaho State Journal. The growth helped the state unemployment rate stay under 4 percent.

Idaho also had the third-highest year-over-year job growth in the country. 

The strong state hospitality sector has been reflected in the rapid increase in construction projects in its major cities. Boise experienced the largest percentage gain in metro construction jobs in the U.S., reported KTBV, citing figures from Associated General Contractors. 

Included in the $1 billion in projects the city has invested in during the last several years are three major hotels, the source noted. 

According to the Idaho Business Review, Boise is developing as a travel hot spot due to the large number of businesses that have set up shop in the city, leading to an increase in business trips. Hotel construction is also likely on the rise due to expansions taking place at the Boise Centre, a major convention center. 

Large national hotel chains are also looking to establish presences in the city, according to the source. 

The hospitality industry has driven job growth in Idaho, supported by a major construction boom.