December Employment Down 0.3 Percent from Last Year; Unemployment Rate at 6.3 Percent
JUNEAU—December employment was down an estimated 0.3 percent, or 900 jobs, from December 2017. Retail, manufacturing and professional and business services each lost 400 jobs while information and financial activities each fell by 200.
Health care added the largest number of jobs over the year (400). The transportation, warehousing and utilities sector added 200 jobs, as did leisure and hospitality, construction and mining and logging.
Overall, private sector job numbers were down 0.2 percent (-400 jobs) while government employment fell 0.6 percent (-500).
Alaska’s seasonally adjusted December unemployment rate remained at 6.3 percent, and the comparable national rate increased from 3.7 to 3.9 percent.
Not‐seasonally adjusted rates rose in 16 boroughs and census areas, fell in 11, and remained flat in two. Rates increased in nearly all of the Southwest Region, with the largest increases in the Aleutians East and Bristol Bay boroughs as the fishing season wound down. Unemployment fell in all three areas of the Northern Region, with the biggest decrease in the Northwest Arctic Borough.
Kusilvak Census Area had the highest rate at 18.0 percent while Sitka’s rate was lowest at 4.4 percent. Anchorage’s rate was 5.1 percent, Fairbanks’ was 5.8 percent, and Juneau’s was 5.0 percent.
In This Issue
2018 Engineer of the Year Christine Ness
Nominated by the Alaska Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction, 2018 Engineer of the Year Christine Ness is a fire protection engineer and project manager at PDC Engineers, an Alaska-based firm with five offices and more than one hundred employees. Ness always knew she wanted to be an engineer and, after moving here in 2013, found in Alaska the happy combination of her many loves: a brilliant husband, ample opportunities for solitary fishing excursions, and the ability to pursue her passion to make the world a little more fire resistant.