A new study highlights the importance of the domestic maritime industry to the Alaska economy. The study puts the industries contribution at the Alaska economy at over $1-billion dollars a year. The new study by PricewaterhouseCoopers puts Alaska at 3rd in the nation in per capita maritime jobs with an estimated 4.3-thousand jobs and worker income of over $344-million dollars a year.
The latest unemployment numbers show that Southwest Alaska continues to lead the state in regional unemployment. The March unemployment rate in the Southwest region was 13.8-percent. That’s essentially unchanged from the 13.9-percent rate recorded in February.
For many years the staff and Board of Directors for the Nushagak Cooperative have been trying to identify renewable energy projects that could be developed in the Dillingham area. So far those efforts have not resulted in a suitable project being found. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.
It’s shaping up to be a busy construction season in and around Dillingham but much of the heavy work will have to wait a little while longer. KDLG’s Mike Mason spoke with the man tasked with handling seasonal weight restrictions in the Bristol Bay region to clarify how the Department of Public Safety uses weight restrictions to protect area roads.
Alaska Governor Sean Parnell has signed legislation that extends the 12 Alaska Regional Development Organizations in Alaska. The ARDOR organizations include the Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference, the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation and the Kenai Economic Development District… among others.
Alaska’s unemployment rate in January was recorded at 6.4-percent. That translates to over 27.2-thousand Alaskans being officially classified as unemployed. Alaska’s unemployment rate in January was unchanged from the 6.4-percent recorded in December.
This winter has been unseasonably warm in the Bristol Bay region despite the cold snap that hit the region earlier this month. The unseasonably warm winter has resulted in lower heating costs for most residents and businesses. However, the warm winter is concerning to officials with the local electricity provider for the Dillingham area.
Leaders from across Southwest Alaska will convene in Anchorage early next month for a conference specifically focused on the Kodiak, Aleutians, and Bristol Bay regions. KDLG’s Mike Mason has this preview.