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Ketchikan makes ninth place for Alaska job seekers

An online financial site has named Ketchikan among the top 10 boroughs in the state for job seekers, pointing to Ketchikan’s tourism industry, and the shipyard, hospital and university.

In a recent blog, NerdWallet.com listed Ketchikan in ninth place. The top spot went to the North Slope Borough, followed by Sitka, Anchorage, the Mat-Su, Juneau, Kodiak, Kenai, and Valdez. The 10th-place spot went to Fairbanks.

There are 19 organized boroughs in Alaska, so more made the list than were excluded.

According to the blog post, Alaska is a top choice for job seekers, in part because of the 6.5 percent unemployment rate. That is lower than the national average of 7.3 percent.

Ketchikan’s rate is even lower than the state average. According to the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the First City’s unemployment rate as of October was 4.2 percent.


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