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.
- For the second time this year, a Republican from Matanuska-Susitna Borough left the state Senate majority caucus.
- The U.S. Senate is working on the health care bill, and Alaska health commissioner Valerie Davidson is in Washington, D.C., to meet with Alaska's senators, Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski. One-quarter of Alaska's population currently is covered by Medicaid.
- Police posted this security video of the suspect on its Facebook page and described him as white, 25 to 30 years old, 6-foot-3 and skinny with scruffy facial hair.
- Uber and Lyft are negotiating with the City and Borough of Juneau over the collection of the city's sales tax. The companies insist it's the drivers' responsibility to collect and remit the 5 percent tax on fares.