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.
- The Crystal Serenity cruise ship is making a 32-day voyage from Anchorage to New York City. Meanwhile, the potential environmental impact of a journey of that scope has some worried.
- For the first time in years, Alaska is seriously talking about putting a kind of referee in charge of how electricity moves from point A to point B in Alaska's Railbelt. That could lower Alaskans' electric bills. The Railbelt's power companies are working on making this happen, but they're also nervous about handing over the keys to just anyone.
- Students will be entering a brand-new school for the first time when classes start Monday. It's located at the same site as the scene of the tragedy and the architects were inspired by nature.
- Sponsors of a voter initiative to ban commercial marijuana businesses in the City of Fairbanks submitted over 500 signatures Friday in an effort to get the measure on the fall 2017 ballot.