Alaska, Juneau unemployment remains below national level

Alaska’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remains below the national rate at 7.1 percent in Oct., according to the Alaska Department of Labor December Economic Trends. The revised national rate in Oct. was 7.9 percent.

Juneau‚s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was one of the lowest in the state at 4.3 percent. The most recent U.S. employment report showed an increase of 146,000 jobs in November, bringing the national unemployment rate down to 7.7 percent ˆ the lowest since Dec. 2008.

National jobs growth in Nov. is slightly lower than the 11-month average of 154,000 private sector jobs a month.

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This Day in Juneau History: Jan. 22, 1987

On Jan. 22, 1987, Gov. Steve Cowper prepared to discuss the final part of his fiscal plan: budget cuts. The total amount suggested to be cut by his temporary cabinet was $300 million, which tore funding from a variety of different programs. However, although what propositions Cowper accepted were still a mystery, Press Secretary David Ramseur confirmed that the cuts he did accept totaled at about $200 million. Cowper was to give a speech directly to the Alaska Legislature discussing the specifics of his recommended cuts.

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Fire calls for Jan. 22, 2017

This report contains public information available to the Empire from law enforcement and public safety agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent. Anyone with information about a crime can report a tip anonymously to juneaucrimeline.com.

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Man caught with 3 pounds of meth on Southeast Alaska-bound ferry sentenced to 20 months

A 21-year-old man who was caught transporting three pounds of methamphetamine — reportedly the largest seizure in Southeast Alaska in at least 10 years— on the ferry between Bellingham and Ketchikan last May was “a patsy, plan and simple,” his defense attorney argued.

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