January Alaska Economic Trends


January Trends is the annual employment forecast issue. For 2016, the forecast is that Alaska will lose 2,500 jobs, a 0.7 percent decline. The losses will be spread throughout the state with Anchorage forecast to see a job loss of 0.8 percent, Fairbanks 0.5 percent, and Southeast Alaska 1.4 percent.

Source: Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development

December Alaska Economic Trends

DecTrendsDecember Trends summarizes Alaska’s housing market indicators for the first half of 2015. Also this month we look at the top 5 percent of Alaska earners under the age of 30, and how Christmas hiring and yearly peaks in jobs and sales differ in Alaska.

Source: Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development

Internship Opportunity at University of Alaska on the RV Sikuliaq

SikuliaqThe MATE Center and the University National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) are pleased to announce that they are accepting applications for the 2016 MATE/UNOLS six-month internship through January 6, 2016.

Please share this with undergraduate students or recent graduates from an undergraduate program who you think would be interested and qualified.  Applicants must be ready to enter the job market in the field of marine technology with academic studies complete or near complete.  This is an incredible opportunity to work onboard a research vessel and be exposed to a wide range of technology and equipment. Flyers are available by contacting Nandita Sarkar, MATE Internship Coordinator, at nsarkar@mpc.edu.

Location: R/V Kilo Moana at University of Hawaii and R/V Sikuliaq at University of Alaska

Workforce Wednesday: Training options for Anchorage teens | KTVA Anchorage CBS 11

From construction and welding to culinary arts and veterinary science, the King Career Center is helping students open doors to their future.

Wednesday, Cari-Ann Ketterling with Alaska Process Industry Career Consortium and Lou Pondolfino, the principal at King Career Center, joined Daybreak to talk about programs open to local teens with an interest in a certain career.

Pondolfino said The school serves over 1,500 primarily junior and senior students each year.

“All our programs are advised by industry members and they meet and they look over our curriculum and our equipment and they give us advice and we follow their advice on how we do things,” he said. “And we’re open to high school students throughout Anchorage.  ”

King Career Center offers on-the-job training programs through employer such as:

  • Alaska Native Medical Center
  • GCI
  • Cabella’s
  • Home Depot

Contact the King Career Center to learn more.

Source: Workforce Wednesday: Training options for Anchorage teens | KTVA Anchorage CBS 11

Workforce Wednesday: Construction careers for women | KTVA Anchorage CBS 11

Women make up just under nine percent of people working in construction across the nation, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Jana Lage with the Alaska Process Industry Career Consortium and Tamie Tayor, owner of Taylored Business Solutions, joined Daybreak Wednesday to talk about the construction industry and how there are more options out there, specifically for women.

Taylor began working construction 25 years ago, and said back then, it was tough to work in a male-dominated field. Now that family dynamics have changed, more woman are entering the construction field.

“Opportunities are endless in construction, because you have the office, you have the field and then you have the ownership as well,” Taylor said.

To find out who’s hiring in construction and how you can get started on a construction career of your own, visit the websites below.

Source: Workforce Wednesday: Construction careers for women | KTVA Anchorage CBS 11