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By Larry Persily
Wrangell Sentinel Publisher 

Guest Editorial: Alaskans heading south, which is not good

 

January 19, 2023



For the 10th year in a row, more Alaskans moved out last year than new residents moved in.

That’s a draining fact, with no real plan to plug the leak.

To confirm the Alaska Department of Labor’s statistics about population and persistent out-migration, drive no farther than U-Haul. America’s do-it-yourself movers reported this month on its annual numbers for traffic into states and one-way rentals leaving each state. The traffic count for Alaska is not good.

The state fell 25 spots in the nationwide ranking of growth states, from 16th place in 2021 to 41st place last year, as measured...



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