Tag: Alaska Economic Report

A man sits at a picnic table at a restaurant.

Anchorage businesses owners look toward another season of pandemic-related challenges

The season is changing, and some businesses didn’t survive the summer. The ones that did are now preparing for the long winter ahead.

COVID-19 almost sank the Haines bookstore. A local author’s national fans saved sales

Kane opened in March, a week before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down retailers for months.
A line graph shows historical jobless rates by race in Alaska

LISTEN: What can history tell us about which Alaskans face the greatest barriers to employment?

Nationally, Black and Asian Americans are facing a much greater increase in the unemployment rate, compared to white Americans.
A woman smiles while bent over looking at her laptop screen in her classrom.

As the school year begins, Alaska school administrators worry low enrollment could impact state funding

Financially, there is a lot at stake. State funding of public schools is tied directly to enrollment.
Joshua Easterly, operations manager at Alaska Club East, uses a disinfectant fogger to clear the gym.

As gyms adapt to operate during a pandemic, some are struggling to get users back inside

Gyms are adapting, but some still face financial strain as Alaskans opt out of indoor exercise.

LISTEN: There are billions of dollars at stake in the 2020 Census, but Alaska response rates are low

The census is about understanding the country’s population, but it’s also about money. There are billions of federal dollars at stake. Yet, less than half of Alaskans have responded so far, with the lowest self-response rate of any other state in the country.

Skagway’s economy depends on cruise tourism. With little money coming in, the city is paying millions of dollars to residents

In Skagway, the city is distributing a large portion of its federal CARES Act funding directly to residents. City officials hope this unique action will save the town.

LISTEN: Interest rates are low, but competition is high for home buyers in Alaska

Home prices have remained surprisingly high during the pandemic, which may be a result of fewer people moving out.

LISTEN: More women, young Alaskans, among unprecedented number of unemployment filings in April

Like many other things in the past few months, Alaska Department of Labor Economist Jenna Luhrs says unemployment numbers were unprecedented.

LISTEN: April’s job losses were huge — how long will they last?

But, unlike other periods of significant job loss in Alaska’s history, this one may be short lived.

Pandemic stirs greater demand for local meat and produce as Alaskans head into summer

"Farmers are selling everything they can get slaughtered right now," said Schade."

LISTEN: How Alaska’s non-profits are feeling the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

Alaska’s economy and it's businesses are facing great uncertainty amid the COVID-19 pandemic. And the non-profit industry is no exception.

LISTEN: Job gains expected for Alaska in 2020

In 2020, the state is expected to continue adding jobs, but more slowly.
A boat near a dock.

LISTEN: Only one state ferry is currently in operation. How are coastal communities dealing with sailing uncertainty?

This summer, many Alaskans have seen long gaps in service. In some communities, it is still uncertain when boats will return.

One Anchorage business delivers 150 pizzas a week by plane

There's one Anchorage business flying pizzas hundreds of miles, to far corners of the state.

On average, Anchorage households spent $70,000 in one year. Where did that money go?

"Our housing story is vastly different from the rest of the country. And it has been now for four or five years."

Seven things to know about getting into and out of debt

It's the holiday season ⁠— a time of celebration, gift giving and spending. It can be tempting to lessen the impact of that spending by charging purchases on credit cards. But there are some important things to know.

Did the big 2018 earthquake shake up Alaska’s economy?

A year after the quake, are there clear impacts on Alaska's economy as a whole?

Researchers to study wildfire, unstable permafrost and rain-in-winter events on urban Alaska

Over the next four years, a collaborative research project aims to take a close look at three natural hazards: wildfire, unstable permafrost, and rain-in-winter events.