Alaska’s unemployment rate rose in June, to 7.3 percent.
The state Labor Department said that three-tenths of a percentage point increase from May’s 7.0 percent.
The national rate for June was 8.2 percent.
State labor officials in a release say it’s too early to say whether June’s increase in Alaska is a start of a new trend.
Both the state and national rates have changed little in the first six months of the year, and are lower than this time last year. The state rate in June 2011 was half a percentage point lower than this time last year, and the national rate is eight-tenths of a point lower.
- Polls show the presidential race is unusually tight in Alaska. Juneau residents attending two election events shared their opinions on the polls and the candidates.
- A new weather station installed on Mt. Ripinsky last month is now relaying data on weather conditions that could help hikers, climbers and skiers prepare for bad weather -- especially avalanches.
- Kids attending the Homer Folk School learn everything from making apple juice to building kayaks.
- Bethel has made more than a quarter of a million dollars from its 12 percent sales tax on alcohol since legal alcohol sales began in April.