September Trends features results of our 2018 Rental Market Survey, a profile of Alaska’s auto industry, and a look at how the decennial census affects funding allocations and other important decisions. We also look at why total wages are up from this time last year, even though the state continued to lose jobs over the same period.
Also in this issue: The auto industry and how it has been less vulnerable during the recession.
Time: 4:30-5:30 p.m. Location: University of Alaska Fairbanks Murie Building auditorium
A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) chief science advisor will talk about emerging technologies for fisheries and ocean research from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus.
NOAA’s Cisco Werner will present the 2018 Fisheries and Ocean Sciences Keynote Seminar, sponsored by the UAF College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences.
Werner’s presentation in Fairbanks will be in the Murie Building auditorium. Streaming is available at media.uaf.edu.
Oceanographers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks International Arctic Research Center embark this week for a 55-day research expedition in the eastern Arctic Ocean. This year, Fairbanks elementary school teacher Moira O’Malley will join the team.
“I am ecstatic about this opportunity,” O’Malley said.
O’Malley will write a daily blog, providing updates that are exciting, fun, and written to get youth interested and involved in Arctic research. Her second-graders at Watershed School in Fairbanks will be among many Alaska students and educators following along. Once a week, students will get to ask O’Malley questions about research and life on a 438-foot scientific vessel, the Akademik Tryoshnikov.
August Trends includes an update on the state’s home sales and why prices have remained steady and even rising in some places despite the state’s recession that began in late 2015. Also this month is an overview of our recently released population projections for 2017 to 2045.
Our annual cost-of-living issue looks at costs around Alaska, how we compare to other places, and what’s happened with inflation in the last year. Inflation in Anchorage, the only place in Alaska it’s measured, was near a record low for a third straight year in 2017. While costs in Alaska are still high, other U.S. cities’ costs are increasing faster, meaning Alaska’s cities are no longer among the most expensive. Costs varied widely around the state, though, and many urban Alaska areas’ costs were similar to places like Portland while rural areas continued to pay a premium.