Mining employment up this year
Alaska mining employment is up this year, according to preliminary data from the Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development. The estimate for 2018 is 3,126, up from 3,076 in 2017 and 2,945 in 2016. If the estimate proves out it will be the highest employment in the industry for more than a decade (in 2006 the number was 1,874). State labor economists credit rising mineral exploration activity with pushing up job numbers because the state’s producing mines, which are the largest employers, are basically stable.