Alaska’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April was 6.4 percent, down from March’s 6.6 percent, and near the all-time low of 5.9 percent.
A decline in the April national rate to 6.3 percent pushed it below Alaska’s for the first time in 65 months, which shouldn’t be misinterpreted to mean that the U.S. economy is now healthier than Alaska’s.
Alaska’s unemployment rates historically run higher than the U.S. rates when both economies are similarly healthy in terms of job growth and other indicators.
Alaska’s economy has been on a moderate growth trajectory and, unlike the U.S., recovered from recession-related job losses by 2010.
Best Beginnings Homer/Playspaces Work Group is holding a clean-up party at Bayview Park on Saturday, May 31 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Bayview Park is located at the white picket fence at the top of Main Street and Bayview Avenue.
Volunteers are asked to bring shovels, wheel barrows, buckets, and rakes for weeding and cleaning up the sand box. Come and learn about the Stage 1 improvement plan starting this summer, which looks to improve the ADA parking space and build an ADA trail inside the fence and leading over to the playground equipment.
Bring a picnic and the kids (no pets please). Some snacks will be provided.
The Ninilchik Senior Center will host their annual endowment dinner and pie auction on June 7.
Doors open at 4 p.m., with complimentary cheese and wine. A silent auction and several raffles will also begin at that time.
Prime rib dinner, $25 per meal, will begin at 5 p.m. Tickets are available now at the Ninilchik Senior Center, 66265 Aspen Ave, Ninilchik.
Call 567-3988 for information.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is holding a raffle for a quilt made by Eileen Wythe as a fundraiser.
Tickets are $5 each. Or, buy four tickets and receive a ticket for a free quilt wall hanging.
Drawing for both will be held Nov. 30. Call 235-8391 for information.
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