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2017 Alaska Economic Trends
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April 2017 Other States' Recessions
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Alaska has been losing jobs for roughly a year and a half, precipitated by a drop in oil prices and a host of downstream effects. Job losses are already the worst since Alaska’s deep recession of the late 1980s, and show no signs of ending soon.

The state has had three distinct recessions since 1961, with the longest period of job loss a little more than two years. Over that same period, the U.S. sustained six recessions, all of them lasting less than two years.
April 2017 Trends

March 2017 The Gender Wage Gap
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The average woman who worked in Alaska in 2015 earned $34,333, and there was nearly a 50 percent chance she worked in health care or in state or local government. She also made 68 percent of what the average Alaska man earned.

Men earn more in nearly 80 percent of Alaska’s occupations and at every age and educational level, even though men and women participate in the workforce at nearly equal rates and work the same number of quarters per year. Forty-eight percent of the state’s workers were women in 2015, but they made 38 percent of total wages.
March 2017 Trends

February 2017 Ups and Downs for Oil Industry Jobs
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The decline in oil prices over the last couple of years led to major job losses for the oil and gas industry in Alaska in 2016. As of June, the industry’s employment had fallen to 11,100 after reaching a record monthly average of 14,100 in 2015.

Fluctuation is nothing new for Alaska oil industry employment, which has waxed and waned for decades.
February 2017 Trends

January 2017 Employment Forecast for 2017
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In 2016, job losses spread through nearly all sectors of Alaska’s economy, and more broad-based decline is forecasted for 2017.

Employment losses began in the last months of 2015 in the industries directly related to oil production, after prices fell. Initial loss was limited to the oil and gas industry and closely related sectors, including construction, professional and business services, and state government. In 2016, losses spread into sectors not directly related to the oil industry.
January 2017 Trends



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