Alaska November Economic Trends

In November Trends: Seafood harvesting employment declined slightly in 2021 after a large drop in 2020. The pandemic was less of an obstacle in 2021 than the year before, but restrictions and outbreaks continued to put a damper on the industry. Also in this issue: Hope is on the horizon for the community of Adak. A private consultant is working to secure a new plant operator to reopen the processing plant in 2023, and the Port of Adak will receive $10.1 million in federal infrastructure funding this year.

Source: Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Alaska November Economic Trends

In November Trends: With the pandemic, the seafood processing industry faced a summer salmon season like no other. Also in this issue: Fish harvesting employment’s five-year trends, and what the consumer price index shows about deflation in 2020.

Source: Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Alaska October Economic Trends

In October Trends: Every other year, the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development releases long-term job projections by industry and occupation. This issue includes Alaska’s projections for 2018 to 2028.

Source: Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Division of Employment and Training Services launches AlaskaJobs, a new comprehensive employment system

JUNEAU, Alaska — On July 17th Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Dr. Tamika L. Ledbetter announced the launch of AlaskaJobs, a comprehensive employment system that will modernize access to employment and training opportunities throughout the state.

“AlaskaJobs is a multidimensional tool to assist Alaskans with all their workforce needs,” said Commissioner Ledbetter. “AlaskaJobs is a valuable asset for our state, efficiently matching job seekers, employers and training providers while also improving delivery of grant funded workforce development services. This means more jobs for Alaskans and a brighter future for us all.”

AlaskaJobs replaces six disparate systems, making it easier for employers to list jobs, job seekers to find job postings, training information, educational opportunities, and financial aid resources. Users can log in through their myAlaska account, eliminating the need to maintain additional credentials.

AlaskaJobs provides enhanced services to four constituencies: job seekers, employers, training providers, and grant recipients.

Job Seekers/Individuals — can easily search and view thousands of job postings based on select criteria including skills, values, and interests. Information on labor market data, financial aid, training, and educational programs is easily accessible. AlaskaJobs also includes a powerful tool for crafting compelling resumes.

Employers — have access to dynamic recruiting tools to conduct targeted searches for workers based on skills, education, and experience listed on resumes. They can apply for Work Opportunity Tax Credits, and access a variety of employer services available through the job centers and web based means.

Providers/Training Entities — can update their training program information with real time data to ensure individuals seeking training are aware of programs and credentials offered. Additionally they can complete performance reports and apply for eligible training provider status to qualify for federally funded training grants.  

Grantee Staff/Subrecipients — AlaskaJobs will house grant funded participant activities, with easy to read case management dashboards, communication and reporting tools, streamlining and enhancing the delivery of the grant funded workforce development services.

Access Alaska’s new comprehensive employment system here:

Source: State of Alaska Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development