in Kodiak and the Aleutians benefitted from
the start of the first quarters' fisheries which saw many processing and
related workers back on the job.
Maggie Wall has more.
-((Kodiak Jobs and Commuters 2:18 "What
a difference...at home.SOC"))
What a difference a month makes in
Kodiak's jobless rate. In Kodiak, the January jobless rate nearly half
that of December.
unemployment rate was 6-point-4 percent. That compares to the 11-point-4
percent rate in December. Last year January's jobless rate was 7-point-1
In terms of
people out of work, December saw 695 Kodiak workers seeking jobs,
427 people in January.
jobless rates increased in most of the state, the Kodiak Island Borough
Aleutians East Borough gained jobs thanks to the opening ground fish and
jobs and going to work, a recent American Community Survey shows that
including those in Kodiak, tend to commute to work as one person in one
But, unlike those in other parts of
the country, Alaskans tend to use more interesting ways to getting to
including riding bikes, motorcycles, snow machines, four wheelers, dog
planes and boats.
you're not likely to see a dog team hauling someone to an office
Kodiak does tend to fall in the middle
range between Alaska in general and the country as a whole.
For instance, like our commuter cousins
in other parts of the country, 59-point-5 percent of those in Kodiak are
sole occupants of the vehicle they drive to work. Another 23-point-1
use a carpool or share a ride. That means 82-point-6 percent of Kodiak
get to their jobs by car, truck or van.
The state's labor department says
in its report that "we either love our cars and pickups, or feel it's
choice for getting to work each day."
But, despite the rain and wind, nearly
8-percent walk to work in Kodiak. That's roughly double the number in
of the country. And, according to the survey, 4-point-3 percent of
workers work at home.
surprisingly, virtually no one in Kodiak takes public transportation to
Not many in the rest of the country do either-just 5-percent of the
workers use public transit to get to their jobs..
The American Community Survey is a
monthly survey of a sample of households. It replaces the "long form" in
Most Alaskans Drive
to Work Alone: http://labor.alaska.gov/trends/mar11.pdf#cover
See Page 12-14.