sharp fall in Kodiak's unemployment numbers from December to January reflected
the increase in local fishing activities as the first quarter's ground fish
seasons took off.
January rate of 6.7 percent for the Kodiak Island Borough was nearly a full 5
points less than December's 11.8 percent. This year's January rate was
identical to that of last year.
those figures into real life, it means 330 fewer people were looking for work
in January than in December.
unemployment rate hit a nearly three-year low of 7.2 percent in January. That
compares to the revised 7.4 percent unemployment rate in December.
Aleutians East Borough, which includes False Pass,
King Cove and Akutan had a huge drop in the jobless rate. At 11.8 percent, the
January rate was less than half of the 25.6 percent recorded in December.
11.3 percent unemployment rate for the Bristol Bay Borough was up a few points
from 8.6 percent in December, and rates were up slightly in Southeast
Alaska's small fishing communities where the regional rate rose
from 8.0 percent in December to 8.7 percent in January.