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Alaska by the Numbers – November Edition

Here’s the big news that broke last month, and how it impacts Alaska’s economy. GMT1 Production Started Ahead of Schedule ConocoPhillips announced that they started flowing oil from the Greater Moose’s Tooth Unit on October 5th. This is a full two months ahead of schedule. While initial flows are only […]

Exploring Alaska’s Budget: Part 1 – Speaking the Language

If you’re watching the gubernatorial debates, you’ve probably noticed that the budget is one of the hot topics. Some candidates say the budget is still too large, others say they’ve done as much as they can to cut it. I hear numbers get thrown around, so my economist ears perk […]

3 Takeaways from Analyzing the PFD

One of the downsides of working alone, is the inability to bounce ideas off others. There is a lot of information gained from seeing brows furrow, lips curl, and eyes glaze over as you speak. Getting challenged to clarify a point or getting another perspective is tremendously valuable. For that […]

Here is What We Think the July Job Numbers are Saying

The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development released preliminary July job numbers on Friday. The general takeaway is that things aren’t better yet, but they are no longer getting worse. We have talked before about how the general health of the economy appears to be nearing the end of […]

A Closer Look at Alaska’s Labor Force

It is the population of an economy that provides the supply of labor and the demand for goods. If the population is declining, you can make a safe bet that the economy isn’t doing well.  Many Alaskan’s have probably heard by now that Alaska’s population declined in 2017. If you […]

The Alaska Recession – By the Numbers

We peg the beginning of the Alaska recession at October of 2015. That is the point we identify as when the general economy began a downward trajectory. Prior to October 2015, we can identify some leading indicators that the economy was in trouble. But the data doesn’t show the economy […]

4 Reasons for Alaska’s High Unemployment Rate

You’ve probably heard by now that Alaska currently has one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation. While this is true, it doesn’t quite mean what people think it does. Here a few reasons why. 1. Alaska has a higher “natural rate” of unemployment than other States There are […]

The Alaskan Case of Dutch Disease

We all dream about what we would do if a couple million dollars fell into our laps. It turns out, most of those stories don’t work out the way we would think. Lottery winners don’t always make the best decisions. Instead, they buy luxurious houses and cars, and go on […]

How Profitable Was Alaska’s North Slope?

In 1977, the monumental achievement known as the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) was completed. It was the largest, most complex, and most expensive engineering feat of its time. As we celebrate its 40th birthday, we hear heart warming stories about the construction days, we remember the blood, sweat, and tears […]