According to the most recent American Community Survey data, the Mountain View neighborhood suffers from an unemployment rate of 22%, over three times the city average. Particularly hard hit by unemployment are the Polynesian and Alaska Native communities as well as younger workers more generally. Recognizing the gravity of the situation, in 2016, ACLT partnered with the Mountain View Branch Library, the Alaska Department of Labor, and the Municipality of Anchorage, to facilitate biannual job fairs in the neighborhood as well host a Department of Labor Job Technician to help residents fine-tune their resumes and conduct their job searches. Scheduled workforce development events at the Mountain View Library can be found here.
ACLT also continues to work with educators, partner organizations and community leaders to bring education and career-enhancing opportunities to Mountain View’s young people. These include career exploration, the arts and science and health camps. To learn more about employment and unemployment in Mountain View, read the ‘Working in Mountain View’ articles. Working In Mountain View is a series of articles by the Mountain View Post, commissioned by ACLT in 2014, which ran in the Anchorage Press.