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While the U.S. economy appears to be finally picking up some steam, Alaska employment is showing some signs of stalling or of faltering, according to new Department of Labor and Workforce Development data released Friday.

Pat Forgey
The state-owned Alaska Aerospace Corporation has launched a new plan to use $21 million in a state capital appropriation as an incentive to attract new business to the Kodiak rocket range.Dermot Cole
At a forum Saturday in Anchorage, fiscal sages and scholars discussed ways that Alaska could avoid looming budgetary shortfalls, including cutting spending and potentially tapping into the sacrosanct Permanent Fund.Alex DeMarban
While the name of Saturday’s Forum on Alaska’s Fiscal Future might elicit a yawn, the issues on the agenda could one day hit you in the pocketbook.Alex DeMarban
The Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. will keep investing in hedge funds, even following the news that California's massive public pension fund would stop investing in the low-risk, low-return funds.Pat Forgey
Sen. Mark Begich has asked Gov. Sean Parnell to assist in resolving the work stoppage at Usibelli Coal’s Seward dock operations, which have been suspended since the 9th Circuit Court ruled the facility may be in violation of the Clean Water Act.Fern Greenbank
While some activist investors push to divest from non-renewable energy, the Alaska Permanent Fund has been ramping up its investments in the oil and gas industry, hoping to cash in on an unshrinking global demand for hydrocarbons.Pat Forgey
More Alaskans are on welfare, per capita, than residents of any other state in the nation, according to figures released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau. Kyle Hopkins
The credit rating agency Moody's Investors Service gave a seal of approval to Alaskans' rejection of Ballot Measure 1, which kept the oil-tax structure known as the More Alaska Production Act in place.Alex DeMarban
An Alaska Dispatch News analysis estimates the 2014 Permanent Fund dividend could be one of the highest ever paid out but will likely fall short of the record of $2,069 set in 2008.Alex DeMarban,Sean Doogan