Understanding Alaska: Economy

Alaska’s economy has historically relied on resource development—in the most recent decades oil development—and on federal spending for many purposes, including military activities, services for Alaska Natives, and protection of federal conservation lands. But the North Slope oil that transformed Alaska’s economy is in decline, and the state faces the challenges of transitioning to a post-Prudhoe Bay economy. The tourism, mining, and air cargo industries are growing, but the fishing and timber industries have seen problems brought on by changing world markets and other factors. To keep the Alaska economy healthy in the future, it’s important for Alaskans to better understand the unique features of the state’s resource-based economy.

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