Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development

The Kenai Peninsula weathered the COVID-19 pandemic a little better than other areas of Alaska, according to the latest data from the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Somehow, between helping with the census and distributing tens of millions in Alaska CARES funding, the Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District also built a website. 

It’s called “Kenai Peninsula Workforce” and it’s a site for connecting peninsula residents with job opportunities and training. It goes live next week.

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Alaska's Gulf Coast region was down about 2,300 jobs in December compared to the year before, according to February data from the state’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Those numbers are relatively in line with the rest of the state, though each region has experienced the pandemic differently, said Karinne Wiebold, an economist with the state’s Department of Labor.

Peninsula wage growth keeps pace with state

Dec 6, 2017

Wage growth in the Kenai Peninsula Borough outperformed the state average over the past 10 years. In figures released by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the state average went up 5 percent between 2006 and 2016, but grew 6 percent in the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

The average wage in Alaska was $50,790 in 2006, and rose, in inflation-adjusted dollars, to $53,160 last year, a gain of $2,370.

The average on the Kenai in 2006 was $44,200 and rose $2,708 in the succeeding decade to $46,908 today.