Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, August 01, 2002

Era adds online booking

Era Aviation announced Tuesday that on Aug. 8, customers will be able to book reservations via the Internet on the company web site This same date Era, in conjunction with All Alaska Tours, will offer one- and two-day vacation packages in many of the communities that they serve.

Era Aviations Vacations will provide prepackaged tour options in Kenai, Valdez, Homer, Whitehorse (Yukon), Cordova and Kodiak. These tours will have a duration of one to two days and provide customers with many choices such as sightseeing, kayaking, fishing and bear viewing. Hotel accommodations for overnight stays and rental cares are also included as a choice with each package.

Unemployment rate rises in June

Though still substantially lower than the 10-year and 20-year June averages, Alaska's unemployment rate climbed 6.3 percent, an increase of five-tenths of a percentage point from May. The comparable national rate also rose five-tenths of a percentage point, moving from 5.5 percent to 6 percent. Dan Robinson, a labor economist with the Department of Labor and Workforce Develop-ment, reported the numbers.

The number of unemployed Alaskans rose by 2,227 in June to 21,429, an increase of 11.6 percent. Initial claims for unemployment insurance, however, fell for the third consecutive month. Approximately 6,000 persons filed new claims for unemployment benefits in June, down from more than 7,300 in May. For the year, initial claims are up 2.8 percent over the 2001 level.

Boroughs and census areas with a heavy concentration of tourism generally saw decreases in their unemployment rates. In the Kenai Peninsula Borough, the rate fell eight-tenths from May numbers of 9.1 percent. The number of jobs on the peninsula increased by 1,773 in June.

GCI debuts new e-mail filtering system

GCI announced that it is providing its customers with a highly effective weapon in combating unsolicited spam, or unsolicited e-mail messages. GCI customers can add eMail Guard to their e-mail accounts and filter unwanted junk mail and viruses from their inboxes.

GCI customers who sign up for eMail Guard can expect to see significant drops in the amount of junk messages making it into their inbox.

Fishing charter winner announced

The Kenai Chamber of Commerce announced Brandy Gale as the July 24 "Hooked on Kenai!" drawing winner. Gale won a free fishing charter donated by RW's Guide Service.

The chamber will draw a new winner each week at the chamber lunches through the end of August.

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