Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2002

Carlile expands to Texas

Carlile Transportation Systems, a full-service Anchorage-based transportation and logistics company, recently expanded into the Houston, Texas, market.

The new expansion provides twice weekly service to Alaska from the new Houston facility as well as unscheduled full-load service. In addition to its regular freight service, Carlile's Houston office provides expedited team service that deliver cargo to Alaska in seven-days time.

As an added benefit to Carlile's Houston customers, Houston-to-Anchorage cargo can now be tracked all along the way with Carlile's Internet tracking service at

Unemployment rates decline in July

Alaska's unemployment rate fell to 5.7 percent in July, a decrease of six-tenths of a percentage point. The decline marks a return to a more typical seasonal movement after an unexpected increase in the rate last month.

The comparable national rate was unchanged over the month at 6 percent. Dan Robinson, a labor economist with the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, reported the numbers.

The number of unemployed Alaskans fell by 1,751 in July to 19,674, a decrease of 8.2 percent from June.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough's unemployment rate fell five-tenths of a percentage point to 7.8 percent.

In July, the peninsula's labor force increased by 1,822 jobs, jumping from 22,945 in June to 24,767. The rate was slightly lower, however, in July 2001, showing 6.9 percent.

Every region in the state saw over-the-month declines in their unemployment rates, although most are now slightly higher than they were in July 2001.

Preliminary wage and salary employment estimates for July indicate that the state added approximately 7,700 jobs over the month. The estimates also show an over-the-year increase of about 1,900 jobs, or 0.6 percent.

The construction industry is showing impressive growth so far in 2002.

The service and trade industries also continue to add jobs, while manufacturing and mining are down over the year.

New real estate agent announced

Freedom Realty's Soldotna office announced Febra Hensley as its newest sales agent. Hensley was previously a commercial sales person for the Former Seekins Ford.

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