Job numbers on the rise in Alaska, but with a ways to go

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The number of jobs in Alaska has shown a partial recovery.

    That's according to State Labor Economist Karinne Wiebold while a guest on Action Line. She said the state added 19,000 jobs from April to April, but she adds that the state is still 25,000 jobs down since 2019. She said  represents about a 40 percent recovery of the jobs that we lost."

    She called it a widespread growth since that time which is witnessed in nearly every sector.  She said the state is about seven percent up over the year.   The Anchorage number is similar to that, she said.  Southeast was hit pretty hard initially so that growth rate is a bit higher than the state rate, but Wiebold said that's a reflection of how hard last year was for the region with the absence of the tourist summer.  She said the Northern region is down over the year with oil and gas jobs on a long slide since the start of the pandemic.  One of the areas the least affected, she said has been Southwest since fishing didn't get hit quite as hard as some of the other industries.  In addition, that area doesn't have many retail and leisure, and hospitality jobs that got very hard in other areas.

    Wiebold penned an article on the job numbers that appear in the June edition of Alaska Economic Trends published by the Research and Analysis Unit in the State Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

     

     

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