Alaska December Economic Trends

TrendsDec2017In December Trends, the Department of Labor and Workforce Development looks at 10 possible reasons unemployment insurance claims are at historic lows, which may seem counter-intuitive while the state is in a recession, and at how the unemployment insurance program performed in 2016. Also in this issue is a brief analysis of average wage growth across the state over the last decade, and an overview of Alaska’s population today and its historical growth patterns.

Read the December Alaska Economic Trends.

Source: Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development

Alaska November Economic Trends

TrendsNov2017Each November we estimate employment in Alaska seafood harvesting, which was down 5 percent last year, mainly due to losses in salmon fisheries.

Also in the November issue, we check up on Alaska’s breweries, which we reported in 2013 were growing rapidly and which have continued to grow despite the state recession. Alaska now has 35 breweries, even in communities as small as Skagway and Gakona, and more Alaskans are buying Alaska craft beer, even as overall beer consumption has decreased.

Also this month, Alaska’s workplace fatalities have continued a long decline that began in 1992, when we started the series. At that time, Alaska had the highest rate of workplace deaths in the nation, and as of 2015, fatalities have dropped almost down to the national level.

Read the November Alaska Economic Trends.

Source: Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development

Alaska October Economic Trends

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October Trends
features an analysis of job turnover in Alaska, estimates for which haven’t been produced at the state level since the federal program ended in 1981. Also this month is a profile of Alaskans between ages 20 and 34 and how they compare to older Alaskans and to their national counterparts.

Read the October Alaska Economic Trends.

Source: Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development

Alaska September Economic Trends

SeptTrends2017September Trends looks at the economy of the state’s second-most populated area, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, which has been the state’s hot spot for growth for many years. Also this month is the history and economic profile of Alaska’s only federally recognized Indian reservation, Metlakatla.

Read the September Alaska Economic Trends.

Source: Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development

Alaska August Economic Trends

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August Trends details the residential rental market survey results, which shows rent is up slightly and vacancy has increased in most places since 2016. This issue also provides a look at federal military spending. Finally, a new feature is introduced this month, “Gauging Alaska’s Economy,” which provides four pages of key economic indicators for Alaska. This will give Trends readers the opportunity to track the big economic picture for the state each month, in one place.

Read the August Alaska Economic Trends

Source: Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development