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Alaska unemployment rate stood at 6.3 percent last month

...JUNEAU - Alaska's unemployment rate was 6.3 percent last month, unchanged since January. But a state labor department economist says the downward trend in the rate since last fall may not reflect real economic conditions.Alaska's labor...
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...
Survey: Juneau's expensive 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
State and local briefs, 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...
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...
Statewide unemployment up a bit, local numbers drop 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...


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