By Garland Kennedy
Sitka Sentinel 

Southeast economy continues to recover but housing and child care in short supply


September 27, 2023

Wages rose and job opportunities increased across much of Southeast through 2022, but problems such as the lack of affordable housing and child care remain persistent throughout the region, an economic consultant told the annual gathering of the Southeast Conference.

Meilani Schijvens gave Southeast’s economy an overall grade of A, the highest rating she has ever assigned for the region in her annual report, now in its 10th year.

“Why did our economy earn an A? … Number One — our jobs were up by 5%,” she answered. “That’s an increase of 2,200 jobs here in Southeast Alaska. Job...

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