10/14/13 - 8:24pm
FAIRBANKS (AP) — Alaska has the nation’s third highest proportion of federal workers, but a state economist says it’s difficult to tell whether a partial government shutdown will have a lasting effect on Alaska’s economy.
The effect will be more pronounced the longer the shutdown continues, state Department of Labor economist Neil Fried said.
“There’s no doubt that it’s having an effect,” Fried said. “The question is how extensive is it. That’s impossible to tell.”
Every Alaska census area is affected, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported.