With new incentives to work, Alaska’s economy can start to unfreeze


In-person events are starting up again. Schools are resuming face-to-face instruction. Families are visiting each other for the first time in a long time, and businesses are moving back to normal operations.

It would appear that we’re emerging from the dark valley of the pandemic and its depressing effects on the economy. By the look of things, one would assume we’re approaching the summit and can see a return to normal on the horizon.

This is all the more so now that the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development announced that the state will no longer accept the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (a $300 weekly bonus) as of June 12.