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.
- The union representing Haines municipal employees has filed a grievance against the borough on behalf of police officers. The grievance stems from Assembly member Tom Morphet’s decision to publicize accusations against the police department at an Assembly meeting earlier this month.
- House Bill 211 sponsored by Kiana Democrat Dean Westlake met opposition in a House session early Monday afternoon.
- The legislation would close a quarter of the gap between what the state government spends and what it raises.
- Sen. Kevin Meyer said his constituents oppose creating a new bureaucracy to collect an income tax when the Permanent Fund continues to pay dividends.