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 co-chairmen of the House Finance Committee revised their plans to introduce an income tax to Alaska for the first time in nearly four decades.
- The Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery is in full swing. In less than a week, the fleet has caught over half of its quota. And while most crew members work on the water, spotter pilots fish for herring from the sky.
- A lot of eyes were on the U.S. House today, but, as Republican factions shuttled to the White House to negotiate, it was a day of waiting for most.
- Gov. Walker’s legislation creates a new definition for independent contractors that would determine whether employers have to pay to insure against on-the-job injuries.