Performance Details

Department of Labor and Workforce Development

Mission

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

Core Services

  • Protect Workers: Eliminate accidental injuries, fatalities, and occupational illnesses within the departmental jurisdiction.
  • Workforce Development: Prepare Alaskans for Alaska's jobs.
  • Income Replacement: Eligible Alaskans receive timely and accurate income replacement determinations and payments.

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Core Services
A: Department Result  Details >
A1: Protect Workers: Eliminate accidental injuries, fatalities, and occupational illnesses within the departmental jurisdiction.  Details >
  • TARGET #1: Bring employers suspected of illegally operating without workers' compensation insurance coverage into compliance with the Workers’ Compensation Act.
  • TARGET #2: A three percent reduction in the five-year moving average rate of workplace fatalities per 100,000 employees.
  • TARGET #3: A two percent per year reduction in the rate of workplace lost time injuries and illnesses per 100 employees.
A2: Workforce Development: Prepare Alaskans for Alaska's jobs.  Details >
  • TARGET #1: At least 95 percent of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and State Training and Employment Program (STEP) training completers enter employment.
  • TARGET #2: At least 80% of Alaska Vocational Technical Center students complete long-term programs.
  • TARGET #3: At least 90 percent of Alaska Vocational Technical Center long-term graduates are employed in their area of training.
  • TARGET #4: Increase the percentage of Alaska Labor Exchange System registrants that enter employment by one percent as compared to the previous year.
  • TARGET #5: Equal prior year's number of employed individuals exiting the Vocational Rehabilitation program.
  • TARGET #6: Increase employment of the Alaska resident workforce by 0.5 percent per year.
  • TARGET #7: Decrease the percent of non-residents working in Alaska by two percent per year.
A3: Income Replacement: Eligible Alaskans receive timely and accurate income replacement determinations and payments.  Details >
  • TARGET #1: Exceed the federal timeliness benchmark of 87 percent of initial Unemployment Insurance payments within 21 days.
  • TARGET #2: Requests for reimbursement from the Fishermen's Fund will be paid within 30 days of receipt.

Performance Detail


A: Result - Department Result

A1: Core Service - Protect Workers: Eliminate accidental injuries, fatalities, and occupational illnesses within the departmental jurisdiction.
    
Target #1: Bring employers suspected of illegally operating without workers' compensation insurance coverage into compliance with the Workers’ Compensation Act.


Number of Employers Brought into Compliance with Workers' Compensation Act (achieved target of year-over-year numbers improving)
Fiscal Year YTD Total
FY 2017
600
FY 2016
525
FY 2015
450
FY 2014
280
FY 2013
360
FY 2012
387
FY 2011
319
FY 2010
348
FY 2009
326
FY 2008
153

Analysis of results and challenges: During FY2017, SIU estimates it brought 600 employers into compliance. This is a difficult number to quantify, as many of the compliance checks conducted result in proof of coverage found (e.g., there was a delay in policy reporting that was fixed either prior to or subsequent to assignment of investigator). The remaining employers are brought into compliance either prior to or subsequent to petition and/or hearing. The number employers brought into compliance for FY2017 was up from the estimated 525 in FY2016.

Approximately 2,400 businesses were investigated using information from informants, the fraud hot-line, on-site visits, monitoring of new business license applications, the cancelled/expired lists, and through newspaper employment ads.
    
Target #2: A three percent reduction in the five-year moving average rate of workplace fatalities per 100,000 employees.

Methodology: The workplace fatality rate per 100,000 employees is calculated by dividing the number of workplace fatalities during the year by the average number of workers employed and then multiplying the result by 100,000. This statistic is calculated using workplace fatality reports submitted to the Alaska Occupational Safety and Health section and employment statistics maintained by the department's Labor Market Information section.

Five-Year Average Rate of Workplace Fatalities per 100,000 Employees (Did not achieve the three percent reduction target in FY2017)
Fiscal Year Yearly Rate 5-year Average 5-yr Average % Change
FY 2017
1.21
+105.08%
.90
+7.14%
+7%
FY 2016
.59
0%
.84
-33.86%
-34%
FY 2015
0.59
-33.71%
1.27
-15.89%
-17%
FY 2014
0.89
-25.83%
1.51
-9.04%
-9.0%
FY 2013
1.20
+31.87%
1.66
+12.16%
12.1%
FY 2012
.91
-66.79%
1.48
-8.07%
-8.1%
FY 2011
2.74
+44.21%
1.61
+10.27%
+10.3%
FY 2010
1.9
+22.58%
1.46
+8.96%
+9%
FY 2009
1.55
+400%
1.34
+30.1%
+30%
FY 2008
.31
-80.38%
1.03
-21.37%
-21%

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 was not able to achieve the three percent reduction target for FY2017 in the workplace fatality 5-year average. In FY2017, there were 330,208 employees and 4 fatalities, resulting in a 1.21 fatality rate. The FY2017 data caused a 7% increase to the 5-year average, bringing the average to .90.

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.



Related links:
   • Workplace Fatality Statistics


    
Target #3: A two percent per year reduction in the rate of workplace lost time injuries and illnesses per 100 employees.

Methodology: Prior to FY2011 this rate was calculated as of September 30, but this delayed budget performance reporting until November. To eliminate this delay, as of FY2011, rates are calculated for the state fiscal year as of June 30.

Note: On 11/3/16, published data for FY2014 and FY2015 was updated with more accurate numbers. Previous data was affected by a software migration that occurred in July of 2013. Workers’ Compensation moved to a new system and this resulted in inaccurate queries. Also, around that time the data collection process moved from paper to electronic. Data is still being reconciled for 2014-2015 and will continue to improve in accuracy as we adjust to new reporting methods.


Workplace Lost Time Injuries and Illnesses Rate per 100 Employees (Achieved the two percent reduction target in FY2017)
Fiscal Year Rate % Change
FY 2017
1.05
-13.22%
FY 2016
1.21
-2.42%
FY 2015
1.24
-4.62%
FY 2014
1.30
15.04%
FY 2013
1.13
-16.3%
FY 2012
1.35
8.00%
FY 2011
1.25
-6.02%
FY 2010
1.33
-6.34%
FY 2009
1.42
-16.96%
FY 2008
1.71
-15.35%

Analysis of results and challenges: Since FY2007, the Alaska Occupational Safety and Health program has reduced the workplace illness and injury rate by 52% by targeting consultation and enforcement efforts on the causes of illnesses and injuries in industries and employers with high incident rates. This effort has resulted in an ongoing reduction in rates. The five-year strategic plan that began in FY2014 concentrated on the construction, transportation, and seafood processing industries which have relatively high rates. Since FY2014, this plan has been effective in continuing to reduce the overall lost time injury and illness rates for Alaskan workers. In FY2017 the overall rate dropped by 13.22%, achieving the 2% yearly reduction goal. Through strategic targeting efforts such as these and with a focus on maintaining full staffing levels, AKOSH expects to see a continued drop in the overall rate.

AKOSH obtains much of its injury and illness data from Workers’ Compensation insurance claims data. In 2014 Workers’ Compensation migrated to a new database and now has the capacity to reflect more accurate information about the committed claims using different claim type categorization and processing procedures.


Related links:
   • OSHA jurisdiction
   • Alaska nonfatal injury and illness statistics



A2: Core Service - Workforce Development: Prepare Alaskans for Alaska's jobs.
    
Target #1: At least 95 percent of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and State Training and Employment Program (STEP) training completers enter employment.

Methodology: This information is gathered from the division's Individual Case Management (ICM) System. The measure reports data with a two-quarter lag due to the employer reporting timeframe.

Percent of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and State Training and Employment Program Training Completers Who Are Employed (did not meet the 95 percent target in FY2017)
Fiscal Year Entered Employment Rate Target
FY 2017
82.0%
95%
FY 2016
81.7%
95%
FY 2015
82.0%
95%
FY 2014
90.0%
95%
FY 2013
80.0%
95%

Analysis of results and challenges: This measure indicates the ratio of participants that enter the workforce within two quarters of being exited from the programs and is based on the quarter ending 6/30/17 report submitted to the USDOL. This fiscal year-end report reflects calendar year data due to the two quarter lag in wage information.
    
Target #2: At least 80% of Alaska Vocational Technical Center students complete long-term programs.

Methodology: Data for each student is maintained in a student database system.

Percent of AVTEC Long-Term Program Students Who Graduate (exceeded the target of 80 percent in FY2017)
Fiscal Year COE Benchmark AVTEC
FY 2017
60%
97%
FY 2016
60%
93%
FY 2015
60%
91%
FY 2014
60%
93%
FY 2013
60%
84%
FY 2012
70%
85%
FY 2011
60%
89%
FY 2010
60%
84%
FY 2009
72%
85%
FY 2008
70%
84%

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 FY2016, AVTEC has consistently met or exceeded the COE benchmark. The COE benchmark for FY2016 will be published in December 2017.

AVTEC started FY2016 with 48 students from the previous year and enrolled 301 new students during the year. Of those 349 students, eight exited early and 38 are still in training and will be considered in the FY2017 numbers. Of the 303 students eligible for graduation in FY2016, 283 graduated, yielding a graduation rate of 93 percent.

AVTEC started FY2017 with 38 students from the previous year and enrolled 245 new students during the year. Of those 283 students, eight exited early and 33 are still in training and will be considered in the FY2018 numbers. Of the 234 students eligible for graduation in FY2017, 234 graduated, yielding a graduation rate of 97 percent.

    
Target #3: At least 90 percent of Alaska Vocational Technical Center long-term graduates are employed in their area of training.

Methodology: The AVTEC Placement Officer maintains contact with long-term graduate for one year following graduation to gather employment information. This is reported to the Council on Occupational Education, which is the national accrediting agency for AVTEC. Placement information is available July of the following year.

Percent of AVTEC Long-Term Program Graduates Employed in Their Area of Training (did not meet the target of 90 percent in FY2016)
Fiscal Year COE Benchmark AVTEC
FY 2016
70%
88%
FY 2015
70%
91%
FY 2014
70%
88%
FY 2013
70%
89%
FY 2012
70%
93%
FY 2011
70%
87%
FY 2010
70%
91%
FY 2009
79%
85%
FY 2008
80%
90%
FY 2007
83%
90%

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 FY2014 AVTEC consistently met or exceeded the COE benchmark.

In FY2016, of 283 graduates, 21 were unavailable or refused employment and 20 were either looking for employment or AVTEC was unable to establish contact with them. Of the 262 graduates eligible for employment in FY2016, 231 (88 percent) were employed in their area of training.

AVTEC only tracks long-term (longer than six weeks) program graduates for this measure. Graduates are followed for approximately one year for employment data collection purposes.

    
Target #4: Increase the percentage of Alaska Labor Exchange System registrants that enter employment by one percent as compared to the previous year.

Methodology: Entered Employment is defined as the number of participants who demonstrated employment (wages earned) in the second quarter after the quarter that they exit participation. Exiting participation is defined as not receiving services for 90 days.
Source: Alaska Labor Exchange System (ALEXsys) and Labor Production System


Percent of Alaska Labor Exchange System Registrants that Enter Employment (exceeded the target increase of one percent in FY2016)
Fiscal Year 1st Qtr. 2nd Qtr. 3rd Qtr. 4th Qtr. YTD Total Change
FY 2016
60%
60%
61%
61%
61%
+2%
FY 2015
56%
58%
58%
59%
58%
+3%
FY 2014
55%
55%
55%
56%
55%
+2%
FY 2013
52%
52%
53%
54%
53%
+3%

Analysis of results and challenges: Due to the transition from the Workforce Investment Act to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, the entered employment timeframe was changed from first quarter after exit to second quarter after exit. This information will not be available until FY2018.

The FY2017 Alaska labor Exchange Participant outcome data will be available four quarters after the end of the fiscal year. FY2017 ended June 30, 2017 and the divisions anticipates having a full year of outcome data by August 2018.
    
Target #5: Equal prior year's number of employed individuals exiting the Vocational Rehabilitation program.

Methodology: The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Management Information System.

Vocational Rehabilitation Program Participants Employed (did not achieve the target of previous year's employed participants)
Fiscal Year YTD Total
FY 2017
484
-14.94%
FY 2016
569
-6.26%
FY 2015
607
0%
FY 2014
607
+1.51%
FY 2013
598
-6.12%
FY 2012
637

Analysis of results and challenges: An individual must be employed for at least 90 days to be considered a successful closure when exiting the vocational rehabilitation program. The number of employed individuals exiting the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) program was decreased in FY2017 due to significant changes brought about by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Federal regulations published in August 2016 clarified expectations regarding the provision of Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS). DVR was required to set aside 15% of its federal award for the provision of Pre-ETS to students with disabilities. As a result, DVR had to reallocate client service dollars to carry out this requirement, which would account for the 14.9% reduction in successful closures from last FY. This represented a major change for VR programs nationwide. Prior to WIOA’s passage (July 2014) Alaska, like most states, only served a small percentage (less than 5%) of students with disabilities.

Pre-Employment Transition Services required by WIOA are very specific. They include: (1) job exploration counseling; (2) work based learning experiences; (3) counseling on opportunities for enrollment in comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs at institutions of higher education; (4) workplace readiness training and independent living; and (5) instruction in self advocacy and peer mentoring. While these services assist students in preparing for the transition to the workforce and post-secondary opportunities, they are not expected to yield successful employed case closures (a primary measurement of this Target). As expected, DVR’s implementation of Pre-ETS resulted in a lower number of VR program participants exiting the program employed than reported historically.

Related links:
   • Vocational Rehabilitation


    
Target #6: Increase employment of the Alaska resident workforce by 0.5 percent per year.

Methodology: Alaska residency is determined by matching the Alaska Department of Revenue Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) file with the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development wage file. The PFD file is a list of Alaskans who applied for a PFD. The wage file contains quarterly earnings and industry information on workers covered by unemployment insurance within Alaska. Source: Nonresidents Working in Alaska 2014 (Published January 2016)

Resident Workers in Alaska (did not meet the target increase of 0.5 percent in 2015; 2016 data will be available Jan 2018)
Year Resident Workers % Change Nonresident Workers % Change Nonres Wkrs - % Total
2015
332,583
-0.7%
90,267
2.9%
21.3%
2014
334,881
0.5%
87,741
1.8%
20.8%
2013
333,150
0%
86,197
0.9%
20.6%
2012
333,283
0.7%
85,496
2.4%
20.4%
2011
331,081
0.8%
83,488
4.6%
20.1%
2010
328,611
0.9%
79,856
3.9%
19.6%
2009
325,752
-0.5%
76,867
-3.5%
19.1%
2008
327,532
1.5%
79,618
1.2%
19.6%
2007
322,758
1.5%
78,669
-0.2%
19.6%
2006
317,968
0.9%
78,840
6.2%
19.9%
2005
315,003
0.7%
74,266
5.5%
19.1%

Analysis of results and challenges: The number of Alaska resident workers fell by about 2,300 in 2015 (a decline of 0.7 percent).

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 2016 will be published in January 2018.

    
Target #7: Decrease the percent of non-residents working in Alaska by two percent per year.

Methodology: Permanent fund dividend applications determine residency and worker information comes from mandatory quarterly reports most Alaska employers are required to file under state and federal unemployment insurance laws.


Percent of Nonresident Workers in Alaska (did not achieve the target of decreasing the percent of nonresident workers in 2015; 2016 data will be available Jan 2018)
Year % Non-resident
2015
21.3%
2014
20.8%
2013
20.6%
2012
20.4%
2011
20.1%
2010
19.6%
2009
19.1%
2008
19.6%
2007
19.6%
2006
19.9%
2005
19.1%

Analysis of results and challenges: The nonresident hire rate increased five-tenths of a percentage point to 21.3 percent in 2015. Nonresident information for 2016 will be available in January 2018.

There were 422,850 wage and salary workers in Alaska in 2015. Of those, 90,267 (21.3 percent) were nonresidents. Historically, the highest percentages of private sector nonresident workers have been 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.

A3: Core Service - Income Replacement: Eligible Alaskans receive timely and accurate income replacement determinations and payments.
    
Target #1: Exceed the federal timeliness benchmark of 87 percent of initial Unemployment Insurance payments within 21 days.

Methodology: U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administrations state performance database

Percent of Initial Unemployment Insurance Payments Processed within 21 Days (exceeded the target of 87 percent in 2016)
Year 1st Qtr. 2nd Qtr. 3rd Qtr. 4th Qtr. YTD Total
2016
93.6%
93.4%
92.5%
93.7%
93.3%
2015
94.6%
95.2%
94.5%
94.4%
94.7%
2014
93.8%
95.2%
93.2%
95.0%
94.3%
2013
92.3%
91.1%
90.7%
92.6%
91.7%
2012
93.1%
91.7%
88.7%
92.4%
91.5%

Analysis of results and challenges: The federal timeliness benchmark is 87 percent of initial payments made within 21 days. Alaska's performance remains well above the federal benchmark each year.

In Calendar Year 2016, the total number of people receiving an unemployment insurance payment for at least one week was 43,017.

    
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 (achieved the target of 30 days in FY2017)
Fiscal Year # of days # of claims paid
FY 2017
26
286
FY 2016
27
294
FY 2015
46
290
FY 2014
47
371
FY 2013
60
333
FY 2012
69
373
FY 2011
50
447
FY 2010
76
629
FY 2009
38
698
FY 2008
33
705

Analysis of results and challenges: In FY2017, the number of claims processed by the Fishermen’s Fund totaled 402 with 291 claims approved (289 by fund administration and two by Council). For the year, there were 1,221 bill payments issued by the Fund on the 286 claims. The Fund has been diligent in improving processing of first payments on claims under $10,000. The Fund has actively worked with injured fishermen and providers to ensure that submitted claims contain all required documentation upon initial presentation through the first 90 days via phone call or email.

In FY2016, the number of claims processed by the Fishermen’s Fund totaled 437. For the year, there were 325 approved claims with 1,340 payments 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.

The Fund receives 50% of its claims during the season’s high peaks are July – October, with low peaks from January to March. 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 payments maybe delayed for the following reasons:
1. Receipt of bill from a provider – no claim filed by fisherman.
2. Claim received from fisherman – no explanation of benefits received from provider.
3. Claim received from fisherman, bill received – Fund needs additional information.

 

Current as of October 31, 2017