October Alaska Economic Trends

Trends_Oct2015October Trends looks at how wage distribution has changed over the past 25 years. Overall, our median wage has gone down as the shares of workers in lower-earning brackets have grown. Also this month we profile Alaska pilots and the rise in coffee shops in the state. Finally, we look at how national recessions affect moves to and from Alaska and see whether the last decade’s recession followed historical patterns.

University of Alaska Fairbanks – One of Five Schools to Receive Mine Safety Grant

MSHA awards $1M in mine safety grants in five states

ARLINGTON, Va. – Thein-a-coal-mine-photograph-photograph-safety-sign-in-a-coal-mine-900x702 U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration today awarded $1 million through its Brookwood-Sago grants program to seven organizations that provide education and training within the mining industry. The funding will develop and implement training and related materials for mine emergency preparedness, and help prevent accidents in underground mines. Click here to read the full announcement.

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Public Workforce Information and Planning Meetings

WIOAThe State of Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development will be hosting information and planning meetings open to the public. Preview the proposed agenda here. The meetings will be held from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM as scheduled below:

Tuesday, November 3, 2015
1:00 – 4:00 PM
Centennial Hall Convention Center
Ballroom 2
101 Egan Drive
Juneau, Alaska 99801

Thursday, November 5, 2015
1:00 – 4:00 PM
University of Alaska
Butrovich Building
Board of Regents Conference Room 109
910 Yukon Drive
Fairbanks, Alaska 99701

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
1:00 – 4:00 PM
William A Egan Civic & Convention Center
Lower Level located in Summit Hall
555 West 5th Avenue
Anchorage, Alaska 99501

State will use “Alaska Youth Works” grant to help 600 Alaskan youth with disabilities find jobs

ANCHORAGE: Alaska is one of just six states to win a competitive U.S. Department of Labor grant to help youth with disabilities find jobs and achieve financial independence. The state Department of Labor and Workforce Development and applied for the grant in partnership with support from the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, University of Alaska Anchorage, Department of Health and Social Services, Department of Education and Early Development, and the Anchorage School District.

“This grant means that hundreds more Alaskans with disabilities will be able to find jobs and support themselves and their families,” said Commissioner Heidi Drygas.

Click here for the full article from Alaska Business Monthly.

Alaska Wins $2.9 Million Grant for Health Care Workforce Training

DOLWD_NewsReleaseAlaska Wins $2.9 Million Grant for Health Care Workforce Training
State awarded competitive federal grant, will expand pipeline of skilled health care workers

ANCHORAGE: The Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DOLWD) has won a competitive federal grant to expand Registered Apprenticeship health care training in Alaska. DOLWD applied for the grant in partnership with the Southcentral Foundation and the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority. The grant will accelerate development of training programs for high demand health care occupations. The grant award was announced following a White House summit and Congressional briefing that featured Alaska as one of the leading states that uses Registered Apprenticeship. Click here to read the full press release.