So you think your state is being negatively affected by the government shutdown? Try living in Alaska.

By |2019-01-20T08:13:17-08:00January 21st, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |8 Comments

As you read this also keep in mind that everything costs twice as much up here.

Courtesy of ADN:

Alaska is in the fourth year of a statewide recession. It has the nation’s highest unemployment rate and, since 2015, the fastest rate of job losses. And its weak economy is particularly vulnerable to a prolonged government shutdown – the federal impasse has sidelined more federal workers per capita there than in any other state. (The District of Columbia is higher.)

About 5,700 of Alaska’s 15,100 federal employees are likely affected by the shutdown – about 1.7 percent of its entire workforce, according to an analysis of federal data by the Post’s Ted Mellnik, Laris Karklis and Kevin Schaul. That’s more than three times the national rate.

Hundreds of those workers applied for unemployment benefits in the three weeks ending Jan. 11, according to Patsy Westcott, employment and training services director at the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development. That’s up from 40 such claims in November. Westcott said she expects the claims to be “higher than normal” for the duration of the shutdown. It’s one of many small signs the shutdown is beginning to take a toll in the state, especially in its vital fishing industry.

Most (61 percent) of Alaska is government land managed by five different federal agencies, according to the congressional Research Service. The state’s main industries, including fishing, tourism and oil and gas, all depend on the day-to-day actions of federal workers and regulators.

The article goes on in some depth to explain how workers in each individual federal agency are being fucked by this shutdown, but for our purposes it is enough to recognize that we are all, in some way, being fucked by this shutdown. 

Now keep in mind that Alaska is kind of like an Arctic version of Australia, in that everything up here is trying to kill you. 

Currently, as I am writing this the temperature outside is a balmy 3 degrees, which means if my heat were to suddenly go off I have about five hours to get it back on before they find me frozen to my keyboard. 

That is a very real possibility for hundreds of Alaskans working for the federal government, and if somebody does not do something soon there could actually be fatalities linked to this fight over border security. 

Which helps to explain why at least one of our two Senators is kind of freaking out over the impasse. 

Yeah, she knows how bad this is for us, and recognizes that many Alaskans are simply not able to miss even one of their paychecks. 

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  1. Beaglemom January 21, 2019 at 4:05 am

    But folks in Alaska keep voting for Don Young to return to Congress and for GOP candidates for the US Senate. I hope that, within the state, Alaskans are more careful about their political candidates and really choose those who will do most for the state. Are Alaskans still so keen about Trump in the White House?

  2. puck January 21, 2019 at 8:59 am

    we have a law in Wisconsin that prevents the turning off of heat when it hits such and such a low temperature. we still have old people die from freezing every year. not to forget the homeless. aren’t republicans fun??!?

    • Whatevs January 21, 2019 at 3:15 pm

      My guess is that in quite a few rural areas heat = propane. No $$ no delivery.

  3. Anonymous January 21, 2019 at 9:20 am

    Does anyone else remember one of the trolls that used to post here who insisted that Alaska has hundreds of 20-year-olds with their own homes and good-paying jobs to support their growing families?

    I was stationed in Alaska in the early 2000s (US AF) and I remember everything cost so much more than in the lower 48, because pretty much everything had to be brought in–from food to clothes to building materials to children’s toys to everything else…trucked in from the lower 48 which made everything more expensive. Even the hockey-rink building materials that made up the Wasilla Wendigo’s shack-on-the-dead-lake had to be hauled in from far away. I can’t imagine how hard life is up there for the federal employees who aren’t getting paid because of Trump’s tantrum.

  4. Whatevs January 21, 2019 at 9:49 am

    ut, but, but, I thought you ALaaaaahskans were all hardy snow-shovelers-in-shorts types, with fully stocked freezers of “organic hunted” meat and hand-chopped woodpiles. $arah said so.

  5. Anon January 21, 2019 at 10:51 am

    Certain areas around the globe need alternative sources for heat, cool and water. A wood burning stove would be a good source for heat and cooking in Alaska if possible or generator. Hopefully the electric company has programs to keep the electric on for all.

    • Whatevs January 21, 2019 at 3:16 pm

      What do you think that generator runs on?

  6. Anonymous January 21, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    boo hoo hoo, it was -17 degrees, -20 with windchill here in Michigan last night.

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