Alaska January Economic Trends

Trends begins 2019 with the Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development annual jobs forecast. For this year, they forecast a small amount of overall job growth. Regionally, the Fairbanks area’s employment will grow the most, largely tied to the preparations to house two F-35 squadrons at Eielson Air Force base over the next couple of years as well as the accompanying personnel and their families.

Source: Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development

Alaska December Economic Trends

The last issue of 2018 looks at Alaska’s wages for health care occupations and how Alaska compares to other states. The Department of Labor and Workforce Development also profiles the island of Little Diomede, which is just over two miles from Russia, and wage replacement in the unemployment insurance system.

Source: Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development

Alaska November Economic Trends

NovTrends2018Each November, Trends estimates fish harvesting employment around the state. After a dismal 2016, jobs rebounded in 2017, with growth across most regions and species. Also this month is a look at injuries and illnesses in seafood processing, which has the highest rate among Alaska industries. The largest share of seafood processors in Alaska is in the Aleutians, whose eastern borough’s economy and population we profile in this issue.

Read the full issue here.

Source: Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development

Alaska Workforce Investment Board Seeks Outstanding Partners in Workforce Development

ANCHORAGE, AK— The Alaska Workforce Investment Board (AWIB) is now accepting nominations for the David G. Stone Award, which recognizes outstanding partners in workforce development. Employers, K-12 Career and Technical Education instructors and administrators, and Postsecondary Career and Technical Education instructors and administrators are eligible for this award in honor of Mr. Stone, a distinguished public servant dedicated to workforce development and Alaska hire.

The Board will grant awards in three categories:

  1. K-12 Career and Technical Education Instructor/Administrator of the Year Award
    Individuals employed as classroom/laboratory instructors or administrators in a K-12 vocational technical career education program are eligible recipients for this award.
  2. Postsecondary Career and Technical Education Instructor/Administrator of the Year Award
    Individuals employed as classroom/laboratory instructors or administrators including training coordinators and training directors in a postsecondary training, career and technical education program or apprenticeship are eligible for this award.
  3. Employer of the Year Award
    Nominees must be an employer providing jobs to Alaskans. The employer must demonstrate support for the public workforce system.

Mr. Stone served as the Department of Labor and Workforce Development deputy commissioner, as vice-chair of the AWIB for many years, and deputy mayor to the Juneau Assembly. He was a hard-working leader who helped establish mine training programs throughout Alaska, and served in various capacities for the Southeast Conference, Alaska Municipal League, and Alaska Miners Association.

Nominations are open until midnight, January 4, 2019. For eligibility information and nomination forms, visit the AWIB website: http://labor.alaska.gov/awib.

For additional information about the awards or the nomination process, please contact Louise Dean, AWIB Executive Director, at 907-269-7487 or Louise.Dean@alaska.gov.

Source: Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development

Alaska October Economic Trends

TrendsOCT2018Every two years the Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development projects jobs by industry and occupation for a 10-year period, and the October Trends provides their newest set for 2016-2026. They project overall job growth at just over 5 percent, with the highest growth in health care.

Read the full issue here.

Source: Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development