2020 Alaska Economic Trends
Alaska Economic Trends is a monthly magazine that covers a broad range of economic issues.
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Every other year, we project Alaska's jobs by industry and occupation over the decade.
Traditional forms of media have been on a long decline in Alaska and nationwide.
COVID-19's impact on jobs so far
Unemployment rates and race
Rents held steady and vacancies rose for a fourth straight year, our annual rental survey shows.
The end of the federal $600 add-on benefit
Banks and credit unions
Inflation was modest in 2019, but prices plummeted in the spring with the pandemic. This yearly cost-of-living edition features a range of cost comparisons, between Alaska and the nation and by city.
COVID-19: Who has gone back to work?
The industry's history of employment swings and how the current situation differs, and detailed April data on COVID-19-related job losses and April unemployment insurance benefit claimants.
COVID-19: Job losses and unemployment claims
Following up on Alaska's economy and COVID-19, including a look at seasonal jobs and the first wave of elevated unemployment claims.
First wave of unemployment claims
25-year population projections
Answering initial questions about the virus' short-term economic impacts.
School-age children make up about 18 percent of Alaska today, down from a peak of 29.2 percent in 1970.
Total wages up 4.7 percent in the third quarter
Alaska's population decreased 0.4 percent from July 2018 to July 2019, our new estimates show. The biggest drivers were a decline in the number of people moving to Alaska and fewer births.
Unemployment claims over the last decade
Alaska added about 1,600 jobs in 2019 after losing more than 11,000 during the recession of the prior three years. We forecast that trend will continue this year, but at a slower rate of 0.3 percent, or about 1,100 new jobs.
Forecasts for Anchorage, the Fairbanks area, and Southeast