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Utah sees lowest unemployment rate in U.S. during COVID-19

Haley Donwerth | Sep 9, 2020 | Utah

While states across the country are dealing with economic decline and a rise in unemployment, Utah is one of the few states with a steadily improving economy throughout the pandemic with an unemployment rate of 4.5%. According to a 2020 Economic Summary from the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, while...[ Read More ]

Hawaii’s Medicaid enrollment increased 11.3% in the past year

Emily Boerger | Sep 1, 2020 | Hawaii

Over the past year, Medicaid enrollment has increased by over 37,000 individuals in Hawaii. In August 2019, 330,601 individuals were enrolled in the state’s Medicaid program. A year later, as of August 17 Medicaid membership now totals 367,994 – representing an 11.3% increase. During this time period, Kaiser Permanente and...[ Read More ]

A rundown of policy and health budget changes during Oregon’s second special session

Emily Boerger | Aug 12, 2020 | Oregon

Oregon’s day-long second special session began and ended on Monday. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, legislators returned to the capitol to address an over $1 billion hole in the current two-year budget. Monday’s legislatively-approved budget cuts about $400 million across state agencies and uses about $400 million from...[ Read More ]

Inslee commits $40 million to Worker Relief Fund for undocumented individuals impacted by COVID-19

Emily Boerger | Aug 10, 2020 | Washington

Washington will follow California’s lead in providing state-funded public assistance to undocumented communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network (WAISN) announced Gov. Jay Inslee will launch a $40 million Worker Relief Fund to provide support to undocumented individuals in the state.     The fund will...[ Read More ]

The latest on COVID-19 related job losses in Alaska

Emily Boerger | Jun 26, 2020 | Alaska

The June issue of Alaska Economic Trends from the Alaska Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development takes a deep dive into job losses and trends during the COVID-19 pandemic. April job numbers dropped 13.1 percent compared to April of last year – decreasing from 322,500 in 2019 to 280,300 jobs...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: 5 Slides, Economic impacts of COVID, Dr. Jeanene Smith

| May 21, 2020 | Alaska

It's good news that Alaska's economy is re-opening. But, when will things actually return to normal? Cruises and tourism will likely miss a season. Oil prices remain low. Seafood processors won't be able to staff up (below). If you go out in a mask now, you're probably going to keep...[ Read More ]