By Mark Sabbatini
Juneau Empire 

State forecasts continued jobs recovery in Southeast this year


January 11, 2023

Southeast Alaska saw a “stronger than expected” 6.5% increase in jobs in 2022 compared to the previous year, due to ongoing recovery from being one of the state’s hardest-hit regions during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Alaska Department of Labor.

A slower 2.5% increase in jobs is forecast for 2023, with a record cruise ship season plus growth in several industries including construction and a partial rebound of seafood processing.

Tourism-related industries and transportation had the highest rates of growth in Southeast Alaska as the region added 2,400 jobs instead of the 1,400...

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