NEW AGAIN – Amy Rowe-Danielson arranges a display at the Sitka Sound Science Center's newly opened Mill Building on Lincoln Street this afternoon. The reconstructed 1940 building houses Ludvig's Chowder Cart, which opened today for the first time this season to a steady line of socially distancing customers. It also houses the center's gift shop which, like many businesses in town, offers online ordering and free local delivery. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

State Report Predicts Slow Job Growth in ’20

    KENAI (AP) — A new state economic report has predicted that Alaska will experience slow job growth as 2020 progresses.
    Analysis by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development indicates a growth rate of 0.3%, or about 1,100 new jobs, The Peninsula Clarion reported  Monday.
    Alaska added about 1,600 jobs in 2019, while the state lost more than 11,000 jobs in the previous three years, the department’s January research report said.
    The Kenai Peninsula Borough, the Valdez and Cordova census area and Kodiak Island, which the state categorized as the Gulf Coast Region, had an 0.7% increase in jobs between November 2018 and November 2019, the report said.
    The oil industry is expected to continue growing, with the addition of about 400 jobs in 2020. About 300 jobs were added to the industry last year, the report said.
    The biggest oil industry variable is the purchase by Hilcorp Energy Co. of the North Slope assets of BP Plc for $5.6 billion. The deal will likely result in job losses, mainly in Anchorage, the report said.
    Many new jobs are expected to be added in the military, including new personnel at Eielson Air Force Base in Fairbanks, and in the tourism sector due to an expected increase in cruise ship visitors.
    Nearly half of Alaska’s visitors arrive on cruise ships, while 47% fly and 4% arrive by land or ferry, according to McDowell Group, an Anchorage research consultancy.
    The health care industry is also expected to experience modest growth of about 400 jobs in 2020. However, nursing homes and group homes have been losing jobs for several years and those losses are expected to accelerate, the report said.



Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 5-29-20)

By Sentinel Staff

The state Department of Health and Social Services has posted the following update on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alaska as of 10:20 a.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 5

Total statewide – 430

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 47, and the cumulative number of deaths is 10.

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.



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March 23, 2020



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