Department of Labor & Workforce Development, Alaska

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The Department of Labor and Workforce Development is an agency in Alaska.

The noted purpose of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DOLWD) is to "provide safe and legal working conditions and advance opportunities for employment." The DOLWD manages the state's unemployment services, as well as worker's compensation.

Budget

A link is provided on the DOLWD website to the State of Alaska official proposed department budget for fiscal year 2012.[1]

Proposed Fiscal Year 2012 Operating Budget - All Funds

Program FY2010 Actuals FY2011 Authorized FY2012 Governor’s Recommendation
Office of the Commissioner $2,091.30 $1,590.70 $1,729,40
Administrative Services $18,162.20 $20,436.70 $20.085.90
Workers' Compensation $10,191.70 11,748.30 11,943.70
Labor Standards and Safety $9,578.10 $10,882.70 $11,260.40
Employment Security $57,622.50 $62,912.90 $63,195.20
Business Partnerships $38,947.90 $51,755.00 $47,639.10
Vocational Rehabilitation $23,012.00 $26,536.80 $25,652.50
Alaska Vocational Technical Center $12,226.10 $12,868.30 $15,103.70
Department Totals $171,831.80 $198,731.40 $196,609.90

Programs

Department services include filing unemployment insurance and benefits claims[2] and worker's compensation and appeals.

Unemployment figures for 1999-2009, including unemployment insurance claims, are as follows:[3]

Year Total Labor Force1 Total Unemployment1 Total Unemployment Rate (TUR) Percent1 Covered Employment Insured Unemployment Insured Unemployment Rate (IUR) Percent Percent Ratio IUR to TUR
1990 270,040 19,014 7.0 214,644 11,170 5.2 73.9
1991 278,799 23,000 8.2 218,367 13,237 6.1 73.5
1992 288,777 25,797 8.9 221,795 13,880 6.3 70.1
1993 293,758 22,500 7.7 226,475 12,213 5.4 70.4
1994 300,742 22,544 7.5 223,455 13,554 6.1 80.9
1995 303,666 21,568 7.1 237,816 12,885 5.4 76.3
1996 308,573 23,021 7.5 239,746 13,120 5.5 73.4
1997 311,961 21,998 7.1 244,255 12,095 5.0 70.2
1998 313,079 19,140 6.1 250,251 12,140 4.9 80.3
1999 316,507 19,488 6.2 252,228 12,866 5.1 82.3
2000 319,002 19,678 6.2 258,428 12,290 4.8 77.4
2001 321,484 19,790 6.2 265,945 12,224 4.6 74.2
2002 328,385 23,273 7.1 271,349 13,980 5.2 73.2
2003 336,549 25,787 7.7 274,755 14,259 5.2 67.5
2004 339,859 25,106 7.4 279,161 13,471 4.8 64.9
2005 344,305 23,715 6.9 285,455 12,443 4.4 63.8
2006 350,936 22,950 6.5 290,310 11,649 4.0 61.5
2007 352,291 21,416 6.1 294,016 10,503 3.6 59.0
2008 357,458 23,059 6.5 297,925 10,995 3.7 56.9
2009 360,877 28,751 8.0 296,720 14,277 4.8 60.0

The department administers the Alaska Job Center Network, which provides job training information and job seeker resources[4], including job fairs and recruitment opportunities.[5] The DOLWD also runs ALEXsys, Alaska's Job Bank.

The Research and Analysis Division provides data and statistics regarding employment and unemployment rates, wages, population, housing, and economic trends.[6]

DOLWD runs a variety of Veterans Services for veterans and eligible spouses funded by the U. S. Department of Labor, including priority job referral services, career counseling, career assessments, and educational services.[7]

The department also runs Youth Services programs, such as the Alaska Performance Scholarship for in-state colleges or training programs; career guides, the Alaska Career Ready program; job fairs for students; and Referrals to Education or Training Services.[8]

Transparency

Contact information including phone, fax, and email is provided for the Commissioner, but further information about executive staff does not seem to be available.[9] Administrators and their contact information are listed with each division within the department. A link is also provided to the searchable State Employee Directory.[10]

A link is posted on the Department homepage to the State's online checkbook.

A public records request for is available for workers compensation records, but general information regarding the freedom of information law or requesting general department records does not seem to be posted.[11]

Procurement information and active Department contracts do not seem to be available.

Annual reports are posted for certain divisions within the department, such as the Labor Relations Agency and Workers Compensation Division.[12][13]

Unemployment

Per data released by the DOLWD, unemployment rates for Juneau and the state fell in April. Juneau's unemployment dropped from 5.8 percent to 5.3 percent, the second lowest in the state, and the state rate fell from 8.8 percent in March to 7.7 percent in April.[14]

External links

References