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DBAA: Alaska Local and Regional Information

Our next stop on the Alaska page of the State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States Project is:

Alaska Local and Regional Information – Searchable by region, borough/census area and census place. Includes data on unemployment, number of businesses, building permits, property values and much more.

This database provides in-depth economic snapshots of a community. These snapshots come with graphs that compares the community to statewide statistics. So you can do things like compare the wage distribution of a given community with Alaska as a whole.

The snapshots are also handy in quickly determining the major employers and industry sectors for a given community or region. For example, here are the top 10 employers in the Fairbanks North Star Borough:

University of AK
Fairbanks North Star School District
State of AK (excludes U of A)
Banner Health System
Fred Meyer Stores Inc
Wal-Mart Associates Inc
FBKS North Star Borough
FBKS Gold Mining Inc
Tanana Chiefs Conference
Safeway Inc

To see a snapshot, you must first choose a geographic unit and click on “go.” You should see the middle of the screen change from “Alaska” to the region, borough or place you chose. Then select the topics you are interested in. You can draw information from the following areas: Worker characteristics, Occupations, Industries, Employers, Unemployment rate, Population estimates, Rental information, New housing units, Tax, Property value, 2010 Census and Migration. Then click on the “next” button for your snapshot.

Next week we’ll examine occupations in detail.

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