Economists forecast mining sector growth
Industry jobs estimated to increase 19 percent over the coming decade; expansion of existing operations, new mines to drive trend
Last updated 10/28/2012 at Noon
An employment forecast published by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development in October pegged the state's mining sector job growth from 2010 to 2020 at 19 percent. That is second only to health care, at 31 percent, and outpacing the 12 percent average growth across all Alaska industries.
Expansion of current operations coupled with prospects of building mines at the world-clas...