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What others say: Low heating oil prices bring relief, but residents should stay the course on IEP

...40 percent since a year ago.The benefit this winter for area residents will be considerable. According to state Department of Labor figures, the average Interior household spent $388 per month on heating oil to heat their home when prices...
Walker announces merger of Alaska Labor agencies

ANCHORAGE - Two divisions within the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development will be combined in what will be an ongoing effort to streamline state government operations, Gov...
Politicos have tough hands to play in 2015

...though at slower rates, but employment in key industries like petroleum are at record highs, according to state Department of Labor and Workforce Development data.Despite the low oil prices it's going to be another busy year of winter construction...
Report: Alaska population down after 26 years of growth

...since 1987-1988. More people left Alaska than arrived during the studied time period as well.Data from the state Department of Labor shows Alaska lost 7,488 people from mid-2013 to mid-2014. It was the second straight year that more people...

...fell last year, though not by much, according to the state demographer.In a report released Thursday, the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development estimates Alaska's population fell by 61 residents to 735,601, a decrease of less...
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...
Long government 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...
Training for the future: UAA helping Alaskans fill job market voids

...University of Alaska Anchorage is providing new workers to fill voids in several labor markets identified by the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development as areas experiencing high demand, said the university's provost at a Jan. 3 Anchorage...
Employment uptick expected

The state Department of Labor and Workforce Development expects overall employment to increase slightly this year, with some industries growing, some dipping...
Staying power: Home is where the heart is the Peninsula because of its natural beauty, and "small-town" charm. According to statistics from the state Department of Labor, nearly 11 percent of the Kenai Peninsula Borough's 54,000 population represents people aged 20 to 29...


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