Petersburg Pilot -

By Larry Persily
Wrangell Sentinel Publisher 

Guest Editorial:

Alaska needs to do more to attract new residents

 

December 1, 2022



More people moved out of Alaska than moved in every year between 2015 and 2021. If not for a healthy birth rate, the state population would have shrunk even more than it did.

Wrangell has steadily lost population over the past 20 years, with the decline projected to continue.

These are not good statistics.

Even worse, these are self-fulfilling projections of future economic troubles. Fewer residents means fewer available workers, which means labor shortages for the goods and services people need. Business across the state already suffer from a lack of employees, forcing them to cut back the...



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