Alaska August Economic Trends

In August Trends, we detail the results of our annual rental market survey, estimate the income removed from Alaska’s economy by eliminating the federal supplemental unemployment benefit, and profile banks and credit unions from their beginnings to the challenges they face during the pandemic.

Source: Department of Labor and Workforce Development

Division of Employment and Training Services launches AlaskaJobs, a new comprehensive employment system

JUNEAU, Alaska — On July 17th Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Dr. Tamika L. Ledbetter announced the launch of AlaskaJobs, a comprehensive employment system that will modernize access to employment and training opportunities throughout the state.

“AlaskaJobs is a multidimensional tool to assist Alaskans with all their workforce needs,” said Commissioner Ledbetter. “AlaskaJobs is a valuable asset for our state, efficiently matching job seekers, employers and training providers while also improving delivery of grant funded workforce development services. This means more jobs for Alaskans and a brighter future for us all.”

AlaskaJobs replaces six disparate systems, making it easier for employers to list jobs, job seekers to find job postings, training information, educational opportunities, and financial aid resources. Users can log in through their myAlaska account, eliminating the need to maintain additional credentials.

AlaskaJobs provides enhanced services to four constituencies: job seekers, employers, training providers, and grant recipients.

Job Seekers/Individuals — can easily search and view thousands of job postings based on select criteria including skills, values, and interests. Information on labor market data, financial aid, training, and educational programs is easily accessible. AlaskaJobs also includes a powerful tool for crafting compelling resumes.

Employers — have access to dynamic recruiting tools to conduct targeted searches for workers based on skills, education, and experience listed on resumes. They can apply for Work Opportunity Tax Credits, and access a variety of employer services available through the job centers and web based means.

Providers/Training Entities — can update their training program information with real time data to ensure individuals seeking training are aware of programs and credentials offered. Additionally they can complete performance reports and apply for eligible training provider status to qualify for federally funded training grants.  

Grantee Staff/Subrecipients — AlaskaJobs will house grant funded participant activities, with easy to read case management dashboards, communication and reporting tools, streamlining and enhancing the delivery of the grant funded workforce development services.

Access Alaska’s new comprehensive employment system here:

Source: State of Alaska Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

RAHI celebrates 38th graduation ceremony

On May 28, RAHI 2020, a class comprised of 38 high school juniors and seniors hailing from 24 communities across the state, embarked upon the RAHI challenge like no other cohort has before – fully online. Over the course of six weeks, they’ve Zoomed like champions, starting their days at 9 a.m. and ending at 9 p.m., while overcoming connectivity and technology challenges and balancing the demands of family, friends, jobs, and subsistence lifestyles.

Read the full article here.

Source: RAHI celebrates 38th graduation ceremony | UAF news and information

UAA helps Anchorage build workforce capacity

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed Alaskans’ lives and impacted our economy in ways we never could have imagined, leaving many people unemployed and struggling financially.

The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development reports Alaska’s job count was down 12.2% in May from the same month last year, a loss of more than 42,000 jobs.

Some jobs have been impossible to perform during the pandemic due to workplace restrictions on in-person staffing. Demand for other services has dwindled as Anchorage residents limit their activities to those deemed essential, such as purchasing groceries and household supplies.

Even in the midst of the pandemic, new job opportunities have unexpectedly emerged, particularly in the health care sector. The need for skilled contact tracing investigators to identify individuals exposed to COVID-19 has skyrocketed. Other jobs, such as those in the IT sector, have remained in demand; hiring increases in other sectors are likely to be needed as organizations across the state reopen.

At the University of Alaska Anchorage, university leaders have been listening to feedback from industry partners and state and local officials regarding real-time employment needs.

Read the full article here.

Source: UAA helps Anchorage build workforce capacity – Anchorage Press