Karinne Wiebold, Economist: “We do believe that the job losses have begun to taper. While we are still continuing to lose jobs, and I believe we are in our 38th or 39th month of job losses, those losses are kind of starting to diminish.” Wiebold attributed some of the job growth from the recent uptick in the oil and gas industry: “Oil and gas employment over the summer and fall has basically stabilized. They lost a lot of jobs pretty dramatically in late 2015, and 2016, so really employment for oil and gas has stabilized in the past few months.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享January employment was up an estimated 0.2 percent, or 500 jobs, from January 2018, according to the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Construction added the largest number of jobs over the year at 800, followed by health care. State government added 300 jobs; oil and gas added 200; the transportation, warehousing and utilities sector added 200 and local government added 100. Alaska’s seasonally adjusted January unemployment rate remained at 6.5 percent, and the comparable national rate increased from 3.9 to 4.0 percent.