Valdez-cordova, AK

Capitol Report: Too early to say yet what budget document will look like

Greetings from the Alaska State Capitol. The 2022 legislative session has passed the halfway mark. Although much work remains before adjournment, we are making steady progress on the budget and other key issues. As anyone who follows the Legislature knows, the final version of the Legislature’s budget is typically not finalized until the last day of session, so it is still too early to say what the budget document will look like before it goes to the governor.
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Fish Factor: Bycatch Review Task Force hard at work

Gotta give the Dunleavy Administration credit for being the first to try and get to the bottom of one of Alaska’s most troubling fishing issues: bycatch. The governor in November created an Alaska Bycatch Review Task Force “to help better understand unintended bycatch of high value fishery resources instate and federal waters.”
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Fish Factor: Halibut, sablefish and Tanner crab fisheries underway

March means more fishing boats are out on the water with the start of the Pacific halibut and sablefish (black cod) fisheries on March 6, followed by Alaska’s first big herring fishery at Sitka Sound. For halibut, the coastwide catch from waters ranging from the west coast states to...

Unemployment rate drops in Valdez-Cordova Census Area

Updates from the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development show that unemployment rates in the Valdez-Cordova Census Area decline from 8.2% Dec. 21, 2020 to 7.8% as of Dec. 20, 2021. State labor officials said December’s job count showed a 2.7% hike over December 2020, an increase of 8,000...

Census area’s unemployment rates hold steady

State labor department economists say Alaska’s job count overall rose 3.8% over September 2020 in September 2021, an increase of 11,600 jobs, but still 25,500 jobs below September 2019 levels, However, for the Valdez-Cordova census area it held steady at 5.6%. Industries that were hit hardest in Alaska by the...

Leisure, hospitality jobs increasing

The unemployment rate for the Valdez-Cordova census area was 5% in July, down from 6% in June and 7.8% in July a year ago, state labor officials said in their latest monthly report. Statewide, July’s job numbers were up by 17,700 positions or 5.8% from a year ago, but still...