Alaska economy

Meilani Schijvens, Director of Rain Coast Data, speaks to the Juneau Chamber of Commerce about Juneau ecomony at the Moose Lodge on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

State jobs, population projected to keep falling in Juneau

A silver lining was that jobs and earnings increased in Southeast.


This March 31, 2018 photo shows an offshore drilling platform in Cook Inlet from a beach in Nikiski, Alaska. (Elizabeth Earl | Peninsula Clarion)

Opinion: Oil companies keep us in the dark and pick our pockets

According to Economist Ed King, the oil companies and the state are collecting about the same amount of net revenues for oil production in Alaska.… Continue reading


Maria Covarrubian, right, Maddie Simbirdi, center, and Kourtney Howard wait to direct cruise ship passengers to their excursions downtown on Tuesday, August 14, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Young adults become largest group in town

Juneau’s overall population is still getting older, but young adults are now the largest group in town. People ages 20-39 made up the largest group… Continue reading


Survey: Alaskans’ economic confidence rises

Alaskans are feeling more optimism about the state’s economy.

Job losses appear to be slowing across state

Alaska’s unemployment rate improved slightly in June, but detailed statistics show job losses continuing. According to figures from the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce… Continue reading

Survey: Alaskans slightly more pessimistic about economy

Alaskans are slightly less confident about the state of the economy, according to the results of a new poll by Northern Economics and Alaska Survey… Continue reading

Alaska unemployment stays flat in March

Alaska’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was flat in March, according to new figures from the Alaska Department of Labor, but the state still has many… Continue reading

Alaska House votes to boost unemployment benefits

The Alaska House of Representatives has voted along caucus lines to boost unemployment benefits statewide. In a floor session Wednesday morning, the House voted 22-16… Continue reading

Alaska jobs forecast for 2018 improves from awful to bad

Alaska’s most significant recession since the oil bust of the 1980s appears to be abating. In its annual forecast of the state’s employment picture, the… Continue reading

Alaska marijuana sales reach new high

New figures from the Alaska Department of Revenue show Alaska’s legal marijuana industry has reached a new peak of production and sales. In March, 27… Continue reading

State’s pollution regulators ready for million-passenger cruise ship season

Juneau will welcome more than 1 million tourists this year aboard some of the biggest cruise ships in the world. The state’s regulators say they’re… Continue reading

House votes for oil industry to help resolve deficit

When it comes to solving Alaska’s $2.8 billion deficit, the Alaska House of Representatives is asking the oil industry to pitch in. It isn’t clear… Continue reading

Senate slashes millions from schools, university and health care

If the Alaska Senate gets its way, Alaskans can expect fewer teachers, less ferry service, fewer criminal prosecutors, fewer Alaska State Troopers and a much… Continue reading

Will Uber soon be allowed in Alaska?

A bill authorizing Uber, Lyft and similar companies to operate in Alaska is headed to a vote of the House of Representatives. The Alaska House… Continue reading

Marijuana tax revenue rises, but isn’t as high as state expected

The state of Alaska collected $128,000 of marijuana taxes from 20 growers statewide in February, according to new figures from the Alaska Department of Revenue.… Continue reading

Uber drives through Alaska Senate; lawmakers vote 14-5 on bill that advances to House

Uber and Lyft may soon arrive on a street near you. In a 14-5 vote Thursday evening, the Alaska Senate approved Senate Bill 14, which… Continue reading

Alaska union membership drops to all-time low

Alaska has fewer unionized workers than at any point since statehood, according to new figures from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. On Wednesday, BLS… Continue reading

Fuel tax hike might be stretched to 2019

A proposed hike in the state’s gasoline taxes might not reach full potential until 2019, according to a new draft of the proposal. On Tuesday,… Continue reading