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Alaska oil and gas industry jobless claims up for seventh straight month

The sun sets behind an oil drilling rig in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska on March 17, 2011. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Jobless benefits claims are down in Alaska and across the country, but the same cannot be said for the state’s oil and gas sector. The lack of available work has boosted the number of former workers in the extraction and support industries who have filed for unemployment, according to the state labor department. Year-on-year increases in existing unemployment insurance claims ...

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These real ‘ice road truckers’ drive across sea ice and tundra on the North Slope

When the highway ends for Alaska’s ice road truckers, the adventure is just beginning for the hearty souls who haul vehicles and freight across the North Slope on a network of frozen trails blazed across the desolate Arctic Ocean and tundra. The travelers include Barrow resident Arnie Arey, who a couple of years ago parlayed a hefty dividend from his ...

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