It will take time for Alaska economy to recover


The steep drop in visitors to Alaska last year because of pandemic travel restrictions showed up in air, sea and land numbers - and resulting job losses - across the state.

Overall, the state lost more than 22,000 jobs between February 2020 and February 2021, according to the Alaska Department of Labor.

"Based on my forecast here, I do not anticipate a return to pre-pandemic employment levels until after 2022,"Mouhcine Guettabi, an associate professor of economics at the University of Alaska Anchorage Institute of Social and Economic Research, told the Senate Finance Committee on March 31.


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