KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — City employees in Kodiak have received 5 percent raises.

The City Council unanimously approved the raises on Thursday in an effort to retain a skilled workforce, the Kodiak Daily Mirror reported (http://bit.ly/2tm0po4 ).

"One of the top two comments from city employees is the competitive rate of pay," City Manager Mike Tvenge said. "Other jobs available with similar education or skill requirements pay more and are therefore more attractive. In 2015 and 2016, each year the city had a turnover rate of 29 percent. I do not have the full statistics for those job losses, but pay scale is an underlying factor."

The adjustment impacts only current full-time, part-time and temporary employees. It will not be offered to new employees.

Councilor John Whiddon called the adjustment "a necessary step" and said retaining quality employees is a "key to the success of the organization."

The raises begin July 31.

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Information from: Kodiak (Alaska) Daily Mirror, http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com