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By Marc Lutz
Wrangell Sentinel 

Self-employment report highlights Wrangell's do-it-yourself spirit


February 22, 2023

Marc Lutz/Wrangell Sentinel

Deanna Reeves is self-employed, with two jobs: She owns Reeves Guest House at 3.75 Mile Zimovia Highway, and also does the bookkeeping for her husband's commercial fishing business.

"Alaskans are such go-getters. If we don't have access to a service here, we either live without it, or make it happen," said Shawna Buness, co-owner of Sweet Tides Bakery.

Buness and her partner Devyn Johnson are among the self-employed people who comprise about 9% of Alaska's workforce. The percentage is higher in Wrangell, where one in eight workers is his or her own boss, according to a report in Trends, a monthly magazine of the Alaska Department of Labor.

Wrangell was in the top third of communities around the state with the highest number of self-employed workers. Top occupations amo...

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