WORKFORCE READINESS AND RETENTION
Despite a regional unemployment rate of 8.8 percent, Prince William Sound employers report difficulties in finding qualified workers. Many employers indicate they regularly recruit outside the region. Nonresident employment, which averages 20 percent statewide, can be significantly higher in some industries.
Employers report candidates frequently have pre-employment barriers, lack work maturity skills, or need technical training in their field.
PWSEDD seeks to address these issues by developing in-region solutions as well as partnering on statewide initiatives. Maritime careers will be a specific focus area. Opportunities in other industries will also be explored as time and resources permit.
PWSEDD Action Plan:
Download Workforce Characteristics and Issues:
Alaska Maritime Workforce Development Plan