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State news in brief for Monday, Nov. 25

...and 6.8 percent in October 2012.Unemployment hit a low for 2013 of 5.9 percent in April and May. But labor department economist Caroline Schultz cautioned against reading too much into those numbers.She says those lows appear to be an...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2013-11-25/state-news-brief-monday-nov-25
State
Survey: Juneau's expensive

...to live in Alaska than much of the rest of the country, but the gap is gradually narrowing, the report said. Department economist Brigitta Windisch-Cole said that could be better for some residents wanting the same products and services available...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/072006/loc_20060720007.shtml
News
Wal-Mart could take over as state's No. 1 employer

...according to the article. "They don't have that far to go before they reach the top," said Neal Fried, a department economist. But it could be several years before the stores are built, he added. Wal-Mart was listed in third place with...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/080505/sta_20050805030.shtml
News
Alaskans' 2004 income up 3.7 percent from '03

...937. "That means we have a larger economy," department economist Brigitta Windisch-Cole said. Alaska ranks 16th...flat with some upward movement over the years," department economist Neil Fried said. Windisch-Cole said East Coast...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/110905/sta_20051109011.shtml
News
Amid deficit gloom, some states enjoy budget surpluses that allow investment in roads, schools

...example, was 3.5 percent in September."I don't think you can say we're out of the woods," Alaska labor department economist Neal Fried said. "We were never in the woods."A yearlong review of fiscal and economic data in all 50 states...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2011-11-06/amid-deficit-gloom-some-states-enjoy-bu
State
Alaska home construction trends mirror nation

...Development just published a report on these findings in its December issue of Alaska Economic Trends magazine. Department economists Caroline Schultz and Mali Abrahamson found that Alaska's patterns for new single-family units followed the...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2011-12-27/alaska-home-construction-trends-mirror-
State
State and local briefs

...construction, seafood, timber and mining industries all lost jobs in December, said John Boucher, a state Labor Department economist. The retail and government sectors increased employment as stores and the U.S. Postal Service added workers...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/011899/Loc_lbriefs.html
Local
Oil prices shouldn't affect budget discipline

...state's budget deficit at record highs. As an example of just how volatile the state's oil-based economy is, department economists predict Alaska's budget deficit could be somewhere around $150 million, provided prices remain where they...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/062800/Ope_edit.html
Opinion
Statewide unemployment up a bit, local numbers drop

...in May, while the national rate was 8.2 percent, each called "essentially unchanged" by Neil Fried, Labor Department economist. May's rates are well below the rates of a year ago, Fried said, with Alaska's rate below both its historic...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2012-06-17/statewide-unemployment-bit-local-number
Local
Alaska's unemployment rate up 1.5 percent

...January of last year, the number of payroll jobs also is up over the same period - by 5,200 jobs. State labor department economist Dan Robinson said some of that growth - 1,200 jobs - is explained by the timing of the University of Alaska's...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/030809/sta_406743450.shtml

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