Statewide jobs jump 1.5 percent

Southeast sees smaller gains due to losses in timber, seafood industries

Posted: Tuesday, January 09, 2001

The state Department of Labor reported jobs increased by 4,300 - or 1.5 percent - in October over the same time the previous year.

The job growth didn't come from any one industry, but came from small gains in numerous industries statewide, according to a report in the January 2001 Alaska Economic Trends.

In Southeast, there was only a net gain of 100 jobs over the October 1999 numbers. The two losers were the lumber and wood products business, which lost 300 jobs, and the seafood processing business, which lost 50 jobs.

The job numbers are broken down by seven regions in the state.

The largest gaining industries in Southeast were the catch-all services and miscellaneous category with 250 more jobs than a year earlier, and the retail trade division with 100 jobs.

Southeast lost more than 3,600 jobs in October from the previous month as the summer tourist and fishing industries wound down.

Statewide, the biggest gainers for the year ending in October were the services and miscellaneous industries with an increase of 2,400 jobs, 1,000 of which were in health services and 700 in the mining sector.

Statewide unemployment for October rose half a percentage point to 5.5 percent, but dropped 0.2 percentage points when compared with the same period the previous year.

In Southeast, unemployment rose by 0.1 percentage points to 5.7 percent from October 1999 while in Juneau unemployment dropped 0.3 percentage points.

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