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Business Insider: Consumers more optimistic in 4Q

Consumers more optimistic in 4Q

Local consumer optimism rose sharply to 60.7 in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to the latest Anchorage Consumer Optimism Index report issued by the Anchorage Economic Development Corp. The more stable six-month moving average of the index, while down 0.4 points, is still the third-highest reading to date. The personal financial confidence component of the index jumped up six points from the third quarter of 2013 to a reading of 67.1, nearly reaching an all-time high.

Sponsored by KeyBank and produced by Northern Economics Inc. on behalf of AEDC, the index measures the confidence of local consumers using data from a random sample of 350 households in the Municipality of Anchorage. Composed of three individual components -- local economy confidence, personal financial confidence and expectations for the future -- the overall reading rose from 57.1 in the third quarter to 60.7 in the fourth quarter.

Goodwill debuts job center downtown

Goodwill Industries of Lane and South Coast Counties in Eugene, Ore., opened its first Job Connections Center Thursday in Anchorage. The center is located downtown next to Nordstrom's at the corner of Sixth Avenue and C Street.

The center is open to the public and will provide free one-on-one personalized service designed to address individual employment needs during a job search, assistance with resume writing and interview skills, and referrals to local employers based on employment goals, experience and skills. Goodwill also provides assistance with the application and interview process, follow-up on job searches, and provides clients with access to computers, email, fax machines and telephones.

Tour clients pick Seward lodge as tops

Alaska Tour & Travel announced CIRI Alaska Tourism's Seward Windsong Lodge as the top-rated Seward hotel in 2013, as selected by their clients. CATC purchased the lodge in summer 1999. Alaska Tour & Travel is a large custom vacation packaging company.

Alaska Native owned and operated, CATC is the umbrella company for Alaska Heritage Tours, Kenai Fjords Tours, Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge, Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge and Seward Windsong Lodge.

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