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Anchorage Ties for Best City for Jobs This Spring


Anchorage was named as a best city for Jobs in a March 10 article on Forbes.com

According to a recent survey from the employment services firm Manpower. Anchorage, Alaska, and Burlington, Vt., tie for the top spot, with a net of 22% of surveyed employers there expecting to hire between April and June.Out-of-the-way Anchorage, population 260,000, benefits from its role as a cargo hub for the rest of North America. Anchorage International Airport is one of the world's largest "cargo through-put" airports, a refueling and cargo transfer stop for planes traveling between the Pacific Rim and North America. FedEx ( FDX - news - people ) and United Parcel Service ( UPS - news - people ) are major local employers; the airport accounts for 18,000 jobs.

The Alaska state government injects several hundred million dollars into the local economy every October, when it distributes a Permanent Fund check, drawn from oil and gas revenues, to residents who have lived there for a year or more. Last year's check was for almost $1,200. The commerce hub of Alaska has seen an uptick in retail growth, according to Bill Popp, president and chief executive of the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation. Target ( TGT - news - people ), Kohl's ( KSS - news - people ) and Walgreens all opened stores in Anchorage in the last 18 months, and the city has two large military bases, Fort Richardson and Elmendorf Air Force Base. Full article available at Forbes.com

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