Alaska September Economic Trends

SeptTrendsSeptember 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.

Read the full issue here.

Source: Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development

Alaska August Economic Trends

Trends_August2018August 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.

Read the full issue here.

Source: Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development

DOL Announces High School Apprenticeship Toolkit

National Apprenticeship Week is a national celebration on November 12-18, 2018, that offers leaders in business, labor, education, and other critical partners a chance to express their support for apprenticeship.

DOL is excited to release its first High School Apprenticeship Toolkit. This webpage contains a wealth of resources for secondary and postsecondary institutions, workforce development practitioners, school counselors, teachers, parents, and more.

The toolkit includes:

  • Fact Sheet on High School Apprenticeship
  • Implementation Guide
  • Case Studies on Wisconsin’s Youth Apprenticeship program and the Charleston Regional Youth Apprenticeship program
  • Resources for practitioners and other stakeholders

Source: US Dept. of Labor

Alaska July Economic Trends

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.

Read the full issue here.

Source: Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development

Alaska Identifies Difficult to Fill Health Occupations

AK Health Care Profile

This report details the health care occupations Alaska employers reported were most difficult to fill. It also introduces new data on occupational retention and provides occupational and demographic data on the existing health care workforce to help identify why some occupations are especially difficult for employers to fill. That information is intended to inform decisions about education, training, and other workforce development efforts.

Source: Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development Research and Analysis Section. in partnership with UAA College of Health, UAA Alaska Center for Rural Health and Health Workforce, and Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority.