Alaska lacks workers to meet jobs forecast


January 10, 2024

It’s certainly welcome news that analysts at the state Department of Labor forecast strong job growth in Alaska this year. They expect to see about 5,400 new jobs, a solid increase of almost 2% over last year.

If the numbers come true, it would fully restore the state to its pre-pandemic employment numbers of 2019. Federally funded infrastructure projects, North Slope oil field development and construction will be the big drivers of job growth.

But no one really knows where all those new workers will come from. Just like many other states, Alaska is short on new residents and new hires as...

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