Long Federal Shutdown Could Affect Alaska Economy

A state Department of Labor economist says it's difficult to tell how Alaska's economy will handle the federal shutdown but effects will be more pronounced if it continues.

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by Associated Press

FAIRBANKS- A state Department of Labor economist says it's difficult to tell how Alaska's economy will handle the federal shutdown but effects will be more pronounced if it continues.


Alaska has the nation's third-highest proportion of federal workers.


Economist Neal Fried says that nearly 5 percent of the state work force is employed by the federal government.


That breaks down to 23,237 military personnel and 16,390 civilian workers.


Of the civilian workers, nearly 5,200 work for the Defense Department. Most of them were called back a week ago.


That's good news for Fairbanks, which has the highest concentration of Defense Department personnel in the state.

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