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State economy powers through recession

...having one of the nation's strongest economies. "We're a place of envy right now," said Neal Fried, a state labor economist who has watched the state's economy for decades. The state's unemployment rate in July dropped to 7.7 percent...
Recession may stem Alaska migration

...imagine there would be a rush heading north. But for a variety of reasons, the wave could be restrained, said state labor economist Neal Fried. One reason is the absence of a major economic project on Alaska's near-term horizon, such as...
Study finds good environment, good jobs go hand in hand

...said it make sense the two are linked but disputed whether the economy or the environment is the driving factor. State labor economist Neal Fried noted that prosperous states may be in a position to do more to protect the environment, just like...
Revenue commissioner: Gas line would not be 'another Prudhoe'

...into construction. The investment was roughly four times the annual gross state product, said Neal Fried, state labor economist. The money spurred a real estate boom in Anchorage. Pipeline workers earned an easy six figures. If the investment...
Alaska economy continues slow growth

...While the Lower 48 has sunk into a recession, the Alaska economy continues to grow, albeit at a slow pace. State labor economist Neal Fried told the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Monday that job growth should be about 1 percent, up to 3...
Construction holds steady in 2007, but expect slowing

...of Labor market data shows that 1,000 new construction workers will be needed each year until roughly 2014. State labor economist Neal Fried said construction peaked in 2005. It fell in 2006 and fell a little harder this year. "We're still...
Prognosis good for medical field

...the way in services growth because it is both the single largest slice of the industry and its most dynamic," state labor economist Neal Fried wrote in the May issue of "Alaska Economic Trends." "The aging of Alaska's huge baby boom population...
State unemployment remains low in February

...monthly jobless rate of 7.5 percent was the lowest ever recorded for the month of February, said John Boucher, a state labor economist. Alaska's jobless rate for the month was still well above the U.S. unemployment rate of 4.4 percent in...
Bright spot: Alaska leads nation in job creation

...not surprising that Alaska is doing better than the average in the country, or better than most states," said state labor economist Neil Fried. The strength of the oil business, where prices have over the last year stayed over $70 a barrel...
Workers stretch wages to make ends meet

...benefits, no savings and no health insurance. "That's the next thing to work on," she said. Neal Fried, a state labor economist, reported that part of the reason Alaska is slipping behind the rest of the country is that fewer residents are...


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