State continues to add jobs, although Southeast jobs have declined

    Alaska Department of Labor

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The State of Alaska as a whole continues to see job growth meaning it continues to be in a post-recession period after coming out of its longest recession ever.

    Dan Robinson is the chief of the Research and Analysis Unit of the State Department of Labor and Workforce Development.  He said the number of jobs has been growing since October of last year.  "So, are we in recession?  No, and we haven't been for a while."

    He said job growth in September was pegged at 0 point 6 percent which is weaker than the nation, but it's been moderate to mild growth for about a year.  He added that it's not strong growth and normally after a recession, you would have a little bit stronger growth than this, but it is consistent.

    What about the Southeast Region?  Does it remain in a recession?  Those questions were put to Sara Keel who is the unit's economist for Southeast.  "Yes, we are. If we are going solely by job growth, then you would probably have to say yes."   The main culprit is the loss of state jobs, she said.

    Robinson said he doesn't believe there's a loss of confidence in Southeast.  "There are some ups and downs, but it doesn't have the same level of consistent job growth as the state does."  He added that Anchorage faces a similar situation.

    The state Labor Department officials were guests on Action Line.


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