The mission of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development is to provide safe and legal working conditions and to advance opportunities for employment. AS 23.05.010
- Protect Workers
- Workforce Development
- Income Replacement
|A: Result - Eliminate accidental injuries, fatalities and occupational illnesses within departmental jurisdiction.|
Target #1: A three percent reduction in the five-year moving average rate of workplace fatalities per 100,000 employees.
Five-Year Average Rate of Workplace Fatalities per 100,000 Employees (exceeded the three percent reduction target in FY2012)
Analysis of results and challenges: This statistic is calculated using workplace fatality reports submitted to the Alaska Occupational Safety and Health (AKOSH) section and employment statistics maintained by the department's Labor Market Information section. AKOSH will continue to work to reduce workplace fatalities through a combination of consultation and enforcement activities targeted on eliminating the most prevalent causes of fatalities in industries with high fatality rates.
Target #2: Zero accidental workplace fatalities.
Number of Workplace Fatalities in Alaska Occupational Safety and Health Jurisdiction (did not achieve the target of zero in FY2012)
Analysis of results and challenges: The number of workplace fatalities by fiscal year is calculated using fatality reports submitted within the jurisdiction of the Alaska Occupational Safety and Health Section (AKOSH). AKOSH will reduce workplace fatalities through consultation and enforcement inspections by targeting industries with high fatality rates and eliminating the most prevalent causes of fatalities.
Due to the relatively small number of workplace fatalities in AKOSH jurisdiction and the annual fluctuations, it is more meaningful to evaluate performance using a comparison of the average number of fatalities over the most recent five year period to the established benchmark five year period. The benchmark is from 1998-2002 when there was an average of six fatalities per year. The number of fatalities decreased from nine in 2011 to three in 2012 for a 67 percent reduction, while the five year average from 2008 through 2012 is 5.2 fatalities per year, which represents a longer term reduction of 13 percent.
As many of AKOSH's promotion, consultation and training efforts affect industries beyond AKOSH's enforcement jurisdiction, it is useful to evaluate overall workplace fatality numbers in Alaska. Unfortunately, the only recognized source for this data is the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics and the data is one year behind. The statewide numbers for fatalities in all jurisdictions dropped from 39 in 2010 to 38 in 2011. The transportation industry continues to have the highest number of fatalities. The latest numbers continue a long standing trend of reduced fatalities from 1992 when 91 workplace deaths occurred in Alaska. For more Alaska worker safety and health statistics please refer to the links provided below.
|A1: Core Service - Reduce the number of worker lost time injuries and illnesses in the workplace, within Alaska Occupational Safety and Health (AKOSH) jurisdiction.|
Target #1: A two percent per year reduction in the rate of workplace lost time injuries and illnesses per 100 employees.
Workplace Lost Time Injuries and Illnesses Rate Per 100 Employees (exceeded the two percent reduction target in FY2012)
Analysis of results and challenges: Since FY2001, the Alaska Occupational Safety and Health program has reduced the lost workday illness and injury rate by 52 percent by targeting consultation and enforcement efforts on the causes of illnesses and injuries in industries with high incident rates. Since FY2009, the lost time illnesses and injuries rate has remained relatively stable. In FY2009, the program initiated a five year strategic plan which focused inspection, and training and consultation efforts on high growth, high hazard industries (construction, transportation/warehousing and seafood processing) as evidenced by Worker's Compensation Insurance claims data.
|A2: Core Service - Improve employer compliance with AS 23.30, the Alaska Workers' Compensation Act.|
|B: Result - Full employment of Alaska workforce.|
Target #1: Increase employment of the Alaska resident workforce by 0.5 percent per year.
Resident Workers in Alaska (exceeded the target increase of 0.5 percent in 2010)
Analysis of results and challenges: The number of Alaska resident workers increased by 0.9 percent from 325,752 in calendar year 2009 to 328,611 in 2010, surpassing the target increase of 0.5 percent. This reflects a continuing improving economy since 2009 when the state’s overall employment decreased for the first time since 1997. The 2011 resident worker numbers will be available in January 2013.
Alaska’s economy continues to grow. This leads to increases in the number of both resident and nonresident workers. One of the department’s highest priorities is to provide the information and training programs that prepare the state’s resident workforce to get the maximum benefit from the state’s economic growth. To that end, the department is committed to improving the content and marketing of its training programs and producing sound occupational forecasts to help identify unmet training needs. The department will also work with industry to assess their needs, coordinate training programs, and enforce resident-hire laws and regulations. Nonresident worker information for 2011 will be published in January 2013.
Target #2: Decrease the percent of non-residents working in Alaska by two percent per year.
Percent of Nonresident Workers in Alaska (did not achieve the target of decreasing the percent of nonresident workers in 2010)
Analysis of results and challenges: The nonresident hire rate increased 2.6 percent from 19.1 percent in calendar year 2009 to 19.6 percent in 2010. An improving state economy increases the demand for workers, some of which are nonresident. The nonresident hire rate has averaged 19.5 percent since 2005. Nonresident numbers for 2011 will be available in January 2013.
There were 408,467 wage and salary workers in Alaska in 2010. Of those, 79,856 (19.6 percent) were nonresident. Historically, the highest percentages of private sector nonresident workers were found in manufacturing (mainly seafood processing), scenic and sightseeing transportation, and accommodations. Maximizing resident hire continues to be a high priority of the department. Industries and occupations with high percentages of nonresident workers have been given high priority for new training dollars. Other efforts designed to increase resident hire include industry education and regulatory enforcement. Nonresident information for 2011 will be available in January 2013.
|B1: Core Service - Improve employment rates of individuals served by the department.|
Target #1: At least 95 percent of Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and State Training and Employment Program (STEP) training completers enter employment.
Percent of Workforce Investment Act and State Training and Employment Program Training Completers Employed (did not achieve the 95 percent target in FY2012)
Analysis of results and challenges: This measure is to gauge the initial effectiveness of employment training that provides individuals with the skills industry demands. The FY2012 entered employment rate decreased a negligible amount (.3 percent) to 93.3 percent. Unemployment rates contribute to the number of individuals seeking training, however, the amount of jobs available to those individuals once training is complete remains low.
Target #2: At least 90 percent of Alaska Vocational Technical Center long-term graduates are employed in their area of training.
Percent of AVTEC Long-Term Program Graduates Employed in Their Area of Training (did not achieve the 90 percent target in FY2011)
Analysis of results and challenges: The Council on Occupational Education (COE) has nationally accredited Alaska Vocational Technical Center (AVTEC) since 1997. The COE benchmark for measuring "graduates of long-term programs employed in their area of training" is established as the national average of more than 400 similar public post-secondary institutions. For each year from FY1999 to FY2008 and again in FY2010, AVTEC consistently met or exceeded the benchmark. AVTEC only tracks the long-term (longer than six weeks) program graduates for this measure. Graduates are followed for one year for employment purposes, so for one year following graduation, graduate employment values continue to increase on a monthly basis.
For FY2011, of 292 graduates eligible for employment, 248 (85 percent) were employed in their area of training. The COE benchmark for 2012 will be published in December 2013.
Alaska Vocational Technical Center's (AVTEC) percentage of long-term graduates employed in their area of training has been at or above the 90 percent target since FY2001; with a drop to 85 percent in FY2009 and FY2011. Final placement data for FY2012 will be available in December 2012.
The AVTEC Placement Officer is currently in the process of collecting 2012 graduates' placement data. The COE benchmark for 2012 will be published in December 2013.
Target #3: Increase the percentage of Alaska Labor Exchange System registrants that enter employment by one percent as compared to the previous year.
Percent of Alaska Labor Exchange System Registrants that enter Employment (did not achieve the target increase of one percent in FY2012)
Analysis of results and challenges: The decrease in the percentage of registrants entering employment may be attributable to multiple factors including the unemployment rate in the state. Alaska has experienced a higher unemployment rate over the past three years. In an effort to increase the percentage of registrants who enter employment the job center conduct interviewing skills workshops and WorkKeys(R) assessments of basic skills.
Update: FY2013 first quarter information will be available approximately November 15, 2012.
Target #4: Equal prior year's number of employed individuals exiting the Vocational Rehabilitation program.
Vocational Rehabilitation Program Exiters Employed (exceeded the target of maintaining prior year performance in FY2012)
Analysis of results and challenges: An individual must be working for a minimum of 90 days in order to be counted as employed when exiting the vocational rehabilitation program. The number of DVR assisted individuals with employment upon exiting the program increased by 11% from FY2011 to FY2012. Overall, DVR has experienced an increase in demand for services.
|B2: Core Service - Prepare Alaskans for Alaska's jobs.|
Target #1: At least 80 percent of Alaska Vocational Technical Center students in long-term programs (longer than six weeks) graduate.
Percent of AVTEC Long-Term Program Students Who Graduate (exceeded the target of 80 percent in FY2012)
Analysis of results and challenges: The Council on Occupational Education (COE) has nationally accredited Alaska Vocational Technical Center (AVTEC) since 1997. The COE benchmark for measuring "students that complete long-term training programs" is established as the national average of more than 400 similar public post-secondary institutions. For each year from FY1999 to FY2010, AVTEC has consistently met or exceeded the COE benchmark. The COE benchmark for FY2011 will be published in December 2012, and the COE benchmark for FY2012 will be published in December 2013.
For FY2012, of 420 students enrolled, 81 students are still in training and 287 students graduated, yeilding a graduation rate of 85 percent.
|C: Result - Eligible Alaskans receive timely income replacement payments and determinations.|
Target #1: Exceed the federal timeliness benchmark of 87 percent of initial Unemployment Insurance payments within 21 days.
Percent of Initial Unemployment Insurance Payments Processed within 21 Days (exceeded the target of 87 percent in 2011)
Analysis of results and challenges: In 2006, 2nd quarter, the federal timeliness benchmark changed to 87 percent of initial payments made within 21 days from 95 percent of initial payments within 35 days.The data reported since 2nd quarter 2006 reflect this change. Data from prior years is available but is not comparable due to the federal measure change.
Although Alaska's performance for 2011 was lower than in 2010, it is still well above the national benchmark.
In 2010, the total number of people receiving an unemployment insurance payment for at least one week was 69,723. In 2011, the total number of people receiving an unemployment insurance payment for at least one week was 56,155.
Target #2: Requests for reimbursement from the Fishermen's Fund will be paid within 30 days of receipt.
Average Number of Days to Process a Fishermen's Fund Claim (did not achieve the target of 30 days in FY2012)
Analysis of results and challenges: In FY2012, the number of claims processed by the Fishermen’s Fund totaled 671. For the year, there were 373 payments approved and issued by the Fund. In FY2010, the Fishermen’s Fund benefit limit was raised from $2,500 to $10,000 by the legislature. The new limit change also spurred changes to new claim requirements and documentation that fishermen must submit to the Fund to process new claims.
While the fund has not seen a substantial change in the number of claims processed, there has been a substantial increase in claims placed in pending status to complete the claim process. The fund has made efforts to increase contact with fisherman at 30 and 60 days to ensure claims are processed in a timely fashion. Claims filed by fisherman are cyclical with the fishing season. Most claims are turned in after the fisherman is done with the season and have returned home after 60 to 90 days away. Some return to their homes out of state which also increases time lag to process claim.
Claim processes changed in FY2008 due to personnel changes. Claims were held pending complete documentation prior to getting entered into the system. The claims are now entered the day received. If more information is needed to complete the processing of the claim it is moved to “pending status.” This may be a new identifier to measure the time a claim goes from pending to completion with approve or deny status.
|C1: Core Service - Improve the accuracy of income replacement eligibility determinations.|
Current as of December 13, 2012