Declines were largest in Skagway and the Denali Borough, which are both gearing up for a busy visitor season, according to the State Labor Department. April was the 31st consecutive month Alaska has lost jobs, making this a longer downturn than in the 1980s, when a deep state recession led to 25 straight months of job loss. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The State Labor Department released the preliminary estimates showing April employment was down by 1,200, or 0.4 percent compared to April 2017. Although employment losses have lasted longer this time, they were deeper in the 1980s. The comparable national unemployment rate was 3.9 percent, the lowest it has been since 2000. The construction sector held steady in April, with no further job losses. Oil and Gas lost another 500 jobs, while the retail sector loss 600 jobs with the closure of some major national chains.
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