The unemployment rate in Alaska dropped to 6.6 percent in December.
The decrease of point one percent from November continues a downward trend. The state has seen its unemployment rate decline since August.
At 6.6 percent, the Alaska unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been in more than four years.
It was the last gauge for 2012. The state saw a decrease of point 6 percent throughout last year.
The state’s unemployment rate remains lower than the national rate of 7.8 percent.
The highest rate of unemployment in the state is in the Aleutians East Borough, with a staggering 28.6 percent. The lowest was on the North Slope. That borough’s seasonally adjusted rate for December was just 4.6 percent.
- Residents in a homeless camp off Egan Drive have been given 14 days to vacate the property. The area owned by the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority is slated for sale and redevelopment.
- Rural health aides have a long, successful history of improving access to health care in Alaska. Now, dental a program based on that model is improving oral care in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.
- From midnight Monday through about 1 p.m. Tuesday, Ketchikan received more than 8 inches of rain.
- Canadian power company Hydro One isn't interested in selling Alaska Electric Light & Power Company. But the Juneau Assembly still wants to study the prospect of a municipal-owned utility.