In order to help meet the challenge of educating and training Alaska’s workforce, the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) works closely with local industries to constantly align its programs. UAA’s Community & Technical College, for instance, offers one, two, and four-year degrees in high-demand areas such as aviation, hospitality, construction, safety, computer technology, automotive, diesel, and welding. Each program has its own volunteer industry advisory board.
Alaska’s only tribal college, located in America’s northernmost municipality, has an opportunity for an educational leader at Iḷisaġvik College, one of the top ten community colleges in the nation.
Newly released data for the first half of 2019 show total wages up $355 million from the first half of 2018, with increases in all of Alaska’s major industries and sectors. The 4.0 percent wage growth exceeded inflation, which was 2.6 percent over the period.
Alaska’s employment was up an estimated 0.6 percent in September, or 2,000 jobs, from September 2018. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 6.2 percent while the comparable national rate dipped to 3.5 percent.
A new National Park Service report shows that 2,920,250 visitors to national parks in Alaska spent $1.36 billion in the state in 2018, resulting in 17,760 jobs and a cumulative economic benefit of more than $1.98 billion.
The Internal Revenue Service urges taxpayers who work multiple jobs or who may be adding summer employment to complete a Paycheck Checkup.
Elected officials join business leaders to announce Alaska as leading maritime state.
The employment increase in March was encouraging, as growth continued and was higher than January and February.
UA President Jim Johnsen reflects on the efforts UA has made to help provide an educated, dedicated workforce for the state’s industries.
Alaskans looking for summer employment have the opportunity to work in the seafood processing industry.