Alaska has highest annual expenditure on health care, highest unemployment

    Alaska ranks first among the states in annual expenditures for health care. That fact was revealed in the May edition of Alaska Economic Trends published by the Reserach and Analysis Unit in the Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    Alaska has highest annual expenditure on health care, highest unemployment

    Posted Wednesday, May 11th, 2016 12:52pm by Lance David

    Alaska ranks first among the states in annual expenditures for health care.

    That fact was revealed in the May edition of Alaska Economic Trends published by the Reserach and Analysis Unit in the Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    Unit Chief Dan Robinson was a guest on Action Line this week.

    "Our per capita expenditure is $9,300," stated Robinson. "That's more than twice as much as the cheapest state, Utah, with about $4,500."

    In another ranking published in the May edition, Alaska was 33rd in annual expenditures for clothing and footwear at $964.  New York was first at $1,848 and New Mexico was 50th at $817,

    Two other categories were featured in the May edition.  Alaska ranks 50th for the highest unemployment rate in the nation at 6.6%,  South Dakota has the lowest rate at 2.5%.  

    Alaska's job growth ranking came in at 43rd with a rate of two-tenths of a percent.  First was Idaho at 3.9 percent.  Last was North Dakota at minus 4.8 percent.

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