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Bonneville County nationally ranked best place to find a job

Bonneville County could be one of the very best places in the nation to find a job.

According to a new study by CNN Money, Bonneville County ranks number 15 in the nation for best places to find work.

The top sectors include healthcare, administrative support, and the sciences.

Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls currently has more than 50 openings.

“It’s actually been a pretty good job market for all of us,” said recent hire Jamie Jensen.

Jensen said her fellow Idaho State University Healthcare Administration graduates are doing well in the new job market. Many of them, she said, have found work quickly.

“I help with coordinating events, social media,” she said.

Jensen helps to prop up the work of the hospital’s administration team which includes human resources director Wendy Andersen.

Andersen is working overtime to fill the more than 50 open positions at the hospital.

“A hospital is more opportunities than just a doctor or nurse,” she said.

In fact, healthcare in Bonneville County boasted a 40 percent jobs increase between 2011 and 2012 according to the Department of Labor. Economist Will Jenson said more healthcare jobs locally come with changing demographics.

“As the baby booming generation begins to use those services more and more we’ll see continued demand for healthcare related jobs,” said Jenson.

According to the US Census Bureau, Idaho has a lot of boomers. There are almost 400,000 folks who fit the category, and that’s more than 23 percent of the Gem State.

Jenson said that means a lot of potential work for those support roles like Jensen’s.

According to the Department of Labor, those support role jobs in administration have increased 119-percent in Bonneville County since 2011. There has been a total 17-percent increase in job openings in Bonneville County since the first quarter of 2011.

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