State labor officials say Alaska’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in June was 6.1 percent, compared to 7.6 percent nationally.
Alaska’s rate was up two-tenths of a percentage point from May, which state economists say is typical as students enter the workforce and seasonal school employees look for summer work. That may be the case in the capital city, where 4.6 percent of the workforce was out of a job, compared to 3.8 percent in May. Juneau’s rate remains the third lowest in the state.
Fueled by fishing and tourism, the Bristol Bay Borough and Skagway had the lowest rates at 1.8 percent.
In June 2012, unemployment in Alaska was 7.1 percent.
- Gov. Bill Walker put a hold on an administrative order he issued in February, saying he needed more stakeholder feedback.
- Hundreds of people gathered Thursday at Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve to celebrate the opening of a newly completed Huna Tribal House and the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary. But not everyone could make it. Tribal members and elected officials were stuck at the Juneau International Airport.
- "We’re all expecting to see this fiscal contraction and a reduction in economic indicators. But the reality is that what’s going on at the state level hasn’t hit the communities yet. It hasn’t hit Juneau yet," local analyst Meilani Schijvens says.
- Scattered throughout Alaska are hundreds of pieces of land that have been transferred to Alaska Native Corporations by the federal government.Some came with contamination. Getting them cleaned up has been a decades long process, and a new report catalogs those contaminated sites, but leaves some questions about who will orchestrate cleanup – and when.