Alaska Economic Trends (April 2023)

Above: Glacier Bay cruise, photo by Flickr user Ronald Woan, license

Has Tourism Bounced Back? The feature story of the Alaska Economic Trends April edition explores the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Alaska’s cruise ship industry. In 2019, Alaska welcomed 1.3 million cruise ship visitors, and anticipated further growth for the coming year, but the global pandemic brought these plans to a halt — Alaska received no ships in 2020. Juneau economist, Karinne Wiebold, examines the vital role of the cruise industry to the state’s economy and local communities, and provides an optimistic outlook as the industry repairs.

This edition also provides Alaska’s wage growth trends and an analysis of our economy. Read the full edition here.

Trends is a nonpartisan, data-driven magazine that covers a variety of economic topics in Alaska.

Source: Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development, Research & Analysis

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