Petroleum, construction lead rise in statewide employment

Petroleum, construction lead rise in statewide employment

Here’s some positive news: The small increase in statewide employment reported for February by the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development (page 1) was led by growth in petroleum and construction, the same industries that first declined when the state’s recession hit in late 2915. One company active this winter, ConocoPhillips Alaska, said it has about 800 employed this winter in drilling, ice road construction and support work, up 100 over winter employment levels in recent winters. “It is a very robust season for us,” company spokesperson Natalie Lowman said.
Some industries are still shedding jobs. Retail was down 300, for example. But leisure and hospi- tality, a sector that includes bars and restaurants, was up 300, a reflection of the spending of dispos- able income. In the government sector state government employment was flat in February while federal and local government were each down 200 for a total loss of 400 for government.

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