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Empire Editorial: Senators promise more foreign workers for Alaska

...Every other business in the state suffers when seafood processors use nonresident labor.According to the state Department of Labor, Alaska's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate hit 6.4 percent in May, one-tenth of a percent above...
Minimum wage bill passes state House

...the photograph is Ed Flanagan, the chair of Alaskans for a Fair Minimum Wage and a former commissioner of the state Department of Labor. Alaskans for a Fair Minimum Wage is the group behind the initiative effort to raise the state minimum wage...
State | AK legislature
Housing reform bill advances; would allow landlords to seize PFDs

...other form describing the state of the unit before the tenant moved in. According to an April report from the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development, approximately 91,100 housing units, or 36 percent of Alaska's housing, are...
State | Local | AK legislature
Blumer: LNG project would boost Alaska job market

...natural gas line project would add between 9,000 and 15,000 jobs to the state market, said Dianne Blumer, state Department of Labor and Workforce Development commissioner, at a Thursday meeting.Blumer was the guest speaker at the Juneau Chamber...
My Turn: Lobbyist has extensive experience hurting Juneau

...was especially favored by state employees who worked in the "Plywood Palace," the building that houses the State Department of Labor on West 8th Street. The stick-built structure, leased by the State for more than 30 years at a cost of over...
Wash. minimum wage jumps to $9.32 an hour in 2014

...cents, from $9.19 to $9.32 an hour, reflects a change in the consumer price index, according to the state Department of Labor and Industries.Voters approved an initiative in 1998 that requires the state agency to make a cost-of-living...
Study shows military's impact on Alaska

...will spend $486 million next year on Alaska projects, the Kodiak Daily Mirror reported.The study is from the state Department of Labor and published in this month's Alaska Economic Trends magazine.It shows the Fairbanks North Star Borough has...
Long federal shutdown could affect Alaska economy

...lasting effect on Alaska's economy.The effect will be more pronounced the longer the shutdown continues, state Department of Labor economist Neil Fried said."There's no doubt that it's having an effect," Fried said. "The question...
Small rise in Juneau unemployment stats

...not-seasonally adjusted rate was 5.9 percent for July, down six-tenths of a percentage from June. The state Department of Labor and Workforce Development says large declines in the unadjusted rate are not unusual from June to July. Not-seasonally...
Study says most seafood workers live out of state

KODIAK - Three out of four Alaska seafood processing workers are nonresidents, according to the state Department of Labor's annual "Residency of Alaska Workers" report.The number of out-of-staters has increased every year...


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