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2019 Alaska Economic Trends

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December 2019 Construction's Winding Road
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After two years of big job losses, Alaska's construction industry started growing again in 2018 and continued adding jobs in 2019. It will likely take several years for the industry to recover lost ground, however.

December 2019 Trends

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Commuting across Alaska

November 2019 Fishing Jobs Decline 4.9 Percent in 2018
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Alaska's seafood harvesting employment dropped 4.9 percent in 2018, erasing most of the prior year's gains. While some fisheries added jobs, they weren't enough to offset the losses in salmon fishing, which represents the largest share of the state's harvesting employment.

November 2019 Trends

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October 2019 How Government in Alaska Compares
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As Alaska wrestles with an ongoing budget imbalance, one of the questions we face is how much government we want and need. One step toward making that policy decision is understanding how Alaska’s government job numbers and wages line up with other states and why states differ.

October 2019 Trends

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Alaska's labor force participation rate decline
Mythbusting Alaska's boom-bust reputation

September 2019 The Gender Wage Gap
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While women represent nearly half of Alaska’s workers and hold more of the positions requiring higher education, they earn 72 percent of what men make, on average.

A number of factors influence the gender gap in wages, and many studies have tried to measure and explain them, but that type of analysis is outside this article’s scope.

September 2019 Trends

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Anchorage's recovery behind statewide trend

August 2019 Alaska's Rental Market
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Rents fell slightly in 2019 and vacancies rose, according to our annual survey of Alaska landlords. The increase in vacancies continues a three-year trend that has pushed the overall vacancy rate to a 10-year high of 8.6 percent. Rental costs and the broader housing market remained mostly stable throughout Alaska’s recession (see the August 2018 issue of Trends), but the continued rise in vacancy suggests the state’s weak economy is hurting the rental market.

August 2019 Trends

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How the U.S. economy affects Alaska's migration
Hawaii and Alaska, the 'outlier' states

July 2019 The Cost of Living in Alaska
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Until 2018, the story on price increases had been the same for three years straight. The state’s single consumer price index registered inflation of 0.5 percent or less each year from 2015 through 2017, which was the lowest period for inflation in Alaska’s history. This was largely due to the weak housing market tied to Alaska’s recession, which began in late 2015.

July 2019 Trends

June 2019 Alaskans 65 and Older
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The number of Alaskans who are 65 or older is growing rapidly in all regions of the state. This shift to larger senior populations across Alaska will play an important role in shaping our communities and households in the coming years.

June 2019 Trends

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Craigs transition from fishing, logging booms

May 2019 Metal Mining in Alaska
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Mining is a colorful part of Alaska’s past. There are ghost town tours of Kennecott Mine, Skagway exists and thrives because of its gold rush history, and Treadwell Mine tailings created Sandy Beach in Juneau. But mining is also an important part of Alaska’s current economy and will almost certainly play a growing role in its future.

May 2019 Trends

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How wages grew amid job losses

April 2019 Alaska's Voting Districts
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The next decennial census will be conducted early next year. While the census provides a multitude of statistics and is used to distribute government funds, its primary purpose is the reapportionment and redistricting of the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislatures across the country. This once-a-decade process is a good barometer for how the population’s distribution has changed.

April 2019 Trends

March 2019 Alaska's Personal Income
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Alaska residents brought in $42.3 billion in personal income in 2017. Dividing that total by the number of residents — adults and children alike — puts 2017’s per capita income at $57,179.

March 2019 Trends

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The Northwest Arctic Borough

February 2019 4 Things to Know in 2019
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Two months into 2019, here are a few basic things to understand about Alaska’s economy and job market as we teeter between resumed growth and a lingering recession.

February 2019 Trends

January 2019 Jobs Forecast for 2019
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After three years of job losses, Alaska is set to regain a small amount of lost ground in 2019 as some industries show signs of recovery. We forecast 0.4 percent growth in 2019, or about 1,400 new jobs.

January 2019 Trends




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