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

Workforce Wednesday: Boosting Employability Skills


The coffee industry in Alaska is big business. One company in particular is helping to bring top quality, first time job seekers into the workforce.

Kaladi Brothers Coffee has more than 10 locations and a lot of employees who are learning skills to boost their paycheck in the long run.

Wednesday, Michele Parkhurst, chief operations officer for Kaladi Brothers Coffee, and Martha Peck from the Alaska Process Industry Career Consortium joined Daybreak to fill viewers in on some of those skills.

Employability Skills

  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Problem solving
  • Initiative and enterprise
  • Planning and organizing
  • Self-management

To watch the Workforce Wednesday segment on KTVA or for more information, click here.

Source: Workforce Wednesday: Boosting employability skills – KTVA 11