Nez Perce county is ranked 24th out of 44 counties in size. With a population of just under 40,000 people, there are 11 major employers! Number 1 being St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. Health care workers are always needed especially nurses. The average wage for nurses is $18.89 per hour. Coming in at number 2 is ATK. ATK is part of the largest ammunition manufacturing company in the world, supplying products to the military, hunters, and to law enforcement around the globe. Next is the City of Lewiston, which is currently hiring fire fighters, police officers, and a building official. Education is very high on the list. Lewiston is the home of Lewis Clark State College, which U.S. News and World Report has ranked this 4 yr. public college #1 in the West!! GO Warriors!!! Nez Perce County is 6th with openings for a programmer and a substance abuse counselor. Coming in 7th for jobs is the Nez Perce Tribe, followed by Potlatch Corp with 1800 employees in Lewiston. Our local mill produces paper products such as toilet paper, paper towels and plates, paperboard, and liquid containers. It produces 180,000 tons of tissue products annually for private label companies such as Safeway, and Western Family. It's workforce is union with top notch wages and benefits. Coming in 8th is the Lewiston Tribune. If you click this link, you can also view the local classified ads free of charge. Finally there is Wal-Mart, which has plans of expanding to a Super Center in the near future.
Unemployment in Nez Perce County is 4.2% Which is just under the national average. The average wage is around $39,000 a year, with trades, utilities, and transportation making up the biggest chunk of the work force, followed by government employees and Education and health services.
If you or anyone you know is thinking of making the move to Lewiston, I will be more than happy to gather information for you to help you make a decision.---Shari