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As it is in many U.S. states, income in Idaho is on an upward trend. Idaho lost ground in per capita personal income from 2009-2011 as it recovered from the Great Recession. But what’s also growing is the gap between personal income in Idaho and in the national as a whole.Data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis show Idahoans earned less in 2012 than residents of almost every other state in the country.A closer look at hourly wages reveals half of Idaho’s workforce earned $14.58 an hour or less in 2012. The hourly wage in Idaho, on average, is $18.48.Idaho also had a larger share of hourly workers earning minimum wage in 2012 than ever before. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates 31,000 Idahoans made $7.25 an hour or less in 2012. That’s a 63 percent increase from 2011.

3 Idaho University Presidents Receive Pay Raises

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Emilie Ritter Saunders
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Boise State Public Radio

The State Board of Education unanimously approved Monday pay increases for three Idaho university presidents.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that presidents of Boise State University and Idaho State University will receive 5 percent raises starting Sunday. The Lewis-Clark State College president will receive a 3 percent pay increase.

The raises follow performance evaluations conducted in May.

BSU President Bob Kustra's salary will become $371,000, up from his current annual salary of about $353,000.

ISU President Arthur C. Vailas will receive more than $357,000, compared to his now $340,000 annual salary.

Lewis-Clark State College President J. Anthony Fernandez will go from about $171,000 to $176,000.

The University of Idaho president was not included because the new president was just hired in March.

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