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May 2013 Alaska Economic Trends

Mining has a long history in Alaska, but it’s been a standout over the last decade for its strong growth, high mineral values, and record production. May Trends examines the economic impact and outlook for this industry as well the jobs and earnings of its workers. This issue also discusses new resident workers in the state, their characteristics, and their typical industries. Finally, Employment Scene addresses the wide range of March unemployment rates across the country and what has driven rates for various states over the past few years. A variety of factors have played into states’ current unemployment, including their housing market and reliance on oil revenue.

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