Alaska jobs up over October 2021, lag pre-pandemic numbers

    Juneau, Alaska (AP) — A new state labor department report says Alaska had about 6,100 more jobs last month than in October 2021 but that most industries had not regained pre-pandemic job levels.

    The report says Alaska had about 316,900 nonfarm jobs in October.

    That compares to 310,800 in October 2021 and 327,700 in October 2019.

    Most industries posted gains compared to October 2021.

    The leisure and hospitality industry had 2,900 more jobs last month than a year earlier.

    The report says local demand for food and drink and visitor demand for travel and accommodation picked up from last year. The other major gainer, the trade, transportation and utilities sector, had 2,200 more jobs than a year ago.

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