Abbey Collins, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage
Alaska lost 27,000 jobs in 2020. And, while the whole state suffered, regions that depend on tourism were hit especially hard.
In the last year, employees at Salmon Berry Tours delivered groceries, plants and Christmas Trees. They also took on a new role in Hatcher Pass.
Alaska State Troopers are warning of avalanche danger around Bear Mountain in Chugiak, after three people were reportedly killed in a slide there this week.
CEO Angela Rodell says the organization recently held slightly over 168,000 shares in GameStop, but that number changes daily.
The forecast predicts Anchorage will add 4,000 jobs this year.
The Restaurant Rescue program, aims to help keep restaurants busy, while feeding residents in need.
Right now, West Texas Intermediate, Brent and Alaska North Slope Crude are all selling for over $50 per barrel.
Alaska is expected to add jobs in 2021, but at a slow pace.
"They want comics to read or graphic novels or they want to play a role playing game just to get away from the real world for a few hours."
Economists were expecting to see modest job growth in 2020. Instead, the state lost around 27,000 jobs.
Artists in the state are trying to adapt by moving business online. But some artists say they’re making a fraction of normal sales.
"The number of web orders we’re receiving right now is at least ten times the volume we have received typically in the past," Janet Gregory, who owns Over the Rainbow Toys, said about their new online platform.
Jon Bittner, with the Alaska Small Business Development Center, says without a second round of relief money, businesses will continue to suffer.
With winter storms on the way, avalanche forecasters in Southcentral warn of dangerous conditions through the weekend
Forecasters are warning of dangerous avalanche conditions in the mountains around Southcentral Alaska.
Amid months of uncertainty and pandemic disruptions, Anchorage restaurant owners say demand for Thanksgiving dinner to-go has been an unexpected boost for business.
After a summer of pandemic disruptions and poor salmon runs, Alaska fishermen await more federal relief money
Government relief money has helped fishermen, and the state is finalizing a plan for how to spend another $50 million in federal dollars for the industry.
Data from the Alaska Department of Labor show an estimated 6,900 jobs in the state’s oil and gas industry in September. That’s down from 10,000 in January.
Until the virus is under control, experts say the state’s economy will continue to suffer.
Alaska’s Labor department says unemployed Alaskans will finally begin seeing additional funds Friday
The program promises to pay some unemployed Alaskans an extra $300 per week for up to six weeks.
The owners say in this first year, they've sold enough shampoo and conditioner to keep nearly 700 plastic bottles out of the landfill, but their business looks a lot different than they thought it would, thanks to the pandemic.