Economic Report 9-19

Economic Report 9-19

In this Issue:

Donlin Gold is hiring again

Donlin Gold is staffing up for a summer field program at the site of the proposed large gold mine, a sign of confidence in the multi-billion-dollar project.

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First bids on big port reconstruction project in Anchorage

Anchorage officials will open bids next week on the first phase of reconstruction of the aging Port of Alaska, the fuel and cement dock. This will be the first “hard” bid on the project and a reality check on a $2 billion preliminary estimate for the entire project.

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Health care

Alaska Healthcare payments to providers continue, Medicaid contract to PCG, Inc., Interior tribal health care expanding.

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Petroleum

ANWR Lease sale is starting airborne geophysical surveys will help in bid preparation. and ASRC wants to sell Placer. The oil Search continues with Pikka. The state resurrects SALSA. Tepid show at Cook Inlet sale as well as the Squabble over well bonds.

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Employment up again in April, continuing a trend

Alaska wage and salary employment going up, which is continuing trend of small monthly gains that show the state’s recession may have ended.

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Once again, political gridlock over PFD

A second special session is beginning in early July, the PFD still has everyone in a gridlock, mainly over the amount of the PFD $3,000 or less.

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Fisheries

In Alaska Fisheries news we will be discussing Alaska’s importance to Seattle, the crab harvest outlook, a surge in mariculture interest, and push for Alaska seafood exemption.

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