Employers in Idaho range from the smallest of farms to high tech manufacturers. Many people want to know who the larger employers are in the state, and what sectors provide the most jobs. The bulk of Idaho employment is from private business, 77%, agriculture is at 7% and public-sector jobs funded by federal, state, and local agencies amount to about 16%.
Food processing and manufacturing provides roughly 40,000 jobs in Idaho. The J. R. Simplot Company, which got its start dehydrating potatoes and onions for the troops during World War II, is the largest food manufacturing employer. Simplot is one of the 20 largest employers in Idaho with over 2,000 workers in the state. Over 1,000 jobs are also reported for: