For the second time in nearly two decades, Alaska’s yearly employment forecast is predicting job losses across the state.
The annual report, published recently by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, is predicting a net loss of about 2,500 jobs in 2016 after 1,700 jobs were gained in 2015.
“Both statewide and in Anchorage, we’ve basically almost always for more than a quarter of a century had almost uninterrupted growth,” said economist with the department, Neal Fried.
Some of the biggest losses are expected in oil, gas, construction and state jobs. Slight gains in job growth are expected in healthcare, leisure, hospitality and retail trade.
But there was one budding industry that was not included in the report, one that could potentially bring about job growth in much of the state. [Read more at KTUU.com]