Group says city job loss has slowed down

October 3, 2009 

JUNEAU -- The Juneau Economic Development Council says the city's rate of state job loss is slowing and the economy is diversifying with more private-sector jobs in the city.

In a report Wednesday the council said state government accounted for 23 percent of all jobs in Juneau -- about 4,200 jobs.

KINY reports the city has lost more than 300 state jobs in the past six years. Total jobs grew by more than 100 last year to more than 18,000 in the city, which has a population of more than 30,000.

The largest private employer in 2008 was the Greens Creek Mine with more than 300 employees, followed by Fred Meyer, Wal-Mart and the Tlingit & Haida Central Council.

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