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December Issue of None 

December Issue of "Alaska Economic Trends"

In December Trends, we look at 10 possible reasons unemployment insurance claims are at historic lows, which may seem counterintuitive while the state is in a recession, and at how the unemployment insurance program performed in 2016.

Senate Passes Legislation to Open Alaska’s 1002 Area None 

Senate Passes Legislation to Open Alaska’s 1002 Area

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Rep. Don Young, all R-Alaska, today released the following statements after the Senate passed H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which includes Murkowski’s title opening a small portion of the non-wilderness 1002 Area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) for responsible energy development.

Employment Down 1.3 Percent in September Compared to September 2016, Unemployment Rate Unchanged None 

Employment Down 1.3 Percent in September Compared to September 2016, Unemployment Rate Unchanged

Alaska’s total employment was down by an estimated 1.3 percent in September compared to September 2016, a loss of about 4,600 jobs. Over-the-year job losses have gradually gotten smaller in 2017, however. The largest losses during the current downturn were in the fall of 2017 at -2.6 percent.

Governor Walker Signs Stronger Alaska Legislation in Petersburg None 

Governor Walker Signs Stronger Alaska Legislation in Petersburg

Governor Bill Walker today signed legislation to help increase economic and resource development opportunities in the Petersburg Borough. When it was formed in 2013, the Petersburg Borough received a significantly smaller land grant entitlement from the state than other organized boroughs; Senate Bill 28 rectifies this situation, increasing the land entitlement for Petersburg by 12,770 acres.

Governor Walker Issues Disaster Declaration for North Slope Borough None 

Governor Walker Issues Disaster Declaration for North Slope Borough

Governor Bill Walker late yesterday issued a declaration of disaster for the North Slope Borough following a strong Arctic sea storm in September. The declaration makes available $1 million from the state’s Disaster Relief Fund, and will allow the community to begin addressing the full scope of damage from the Sept. 28-30 storm.

State Proposes rehabilitation of the Tok Cutoff between mile posts 38 and 50 None 

State Proposes rehabilitation of the Tok Cutoff between mile posts 38 and 50

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF), in cooperation with the Alaska Division of the Federal Highway Administration, is proposing to rehabilitate the Tok Cutoff between mile posts 38 and 50. Improvements will include drainage, embankment stabilization and rebuilding pavement structure. The project also includes railing upgrades and deck repairs to the Indian River Bridge #651.

Anchorage City Council Passes Resolution for Avalanche Awareness Month None 

Anchorage City Council Passes Resolution for Avalanche Awareness Month

The City of Anchorage joined Governor Walker in recognizing the importance of reminding citizens to become avalanche aware by issuing a resolution declaring November Avalanche Awareness Month and supporting public awareness for snow safety.

Coast Guard concludes Operation Arctic Shield 2017 None 

Coast Guard concludes Operation Arctic Shield 2017

The Coast Guard concluded its annual Arctic Shield operations Monday with the closure of its Forward Operating Location in Kotzebue and the departure of the Cutter Healy from the Arctic.

Workers’ Compensation Rates to Decrease in 2018 None 

Workers’ Compensation Rates to Decrease in 2018

Alaska businesses will see an average degrease of 5.4 percent for 2018 workers’ compensation insurance assigned risk rates. Workers’ compensation voluntary insurance loss costs will decrease by 7.9 percent.

State Appeals Roadless Rule to D.C. Circuit None 

State Appeals Roadless Rule to D.C. Circuit

In the final days of the President Clinton administration, the United States Department of Agriculture adopted one of the most far reaching land management rules of all time when it placed 58 million acres of National Forest into a protected classification that prohibits timber harvest, road construction, and indirectly nearly all development. This single action removed two percent of the entire United States land mass from the pool of lands that can be economically developed nationwide. The State today appealed the district’s court unfavorable decision upholding the rule to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.