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.
- “So what we’re seeing here is a giant step — a beautiful step — backward in time, where we’re remembering that there is no us versus them. There’s only us, and we are the people, and the people are the police."
- Eaglecrest Ski Area is opening this year ahead of schedule.
- Alaska and British Columbia signed a memorandum of understanding Wednesday expected to increase the state’s role in transboundary mine decisions.
- New rules could make it possible to develop more renewable energy in Alaska, by making it easier for independent projects to sell their power to the grid.