Poll: Alaskans feel more confident about local economy

A new survey of 213 business and organizational leaders in Anchorage shows they feel somewhat more confident about the local economy and their own operations, compared with last year's findings.

The Anchorage Economic Development Corp. released the results of the survey -- conducted from Dec. 8 to Jan. 8 -- on Wednesday. A similar survey was published for the first time last year by the nonprofit corporation, which promotes Anchorage as a place to do business.

In addition to publishing the survey findings, the AEDC on Wednesday also published its local economic forecast for the coming year. It predicts the city will lose about 1,200 jobs this year, a decline of less than 1 percent from last year.

But job growth could begin again before the year ends, said Bill Popp, AEDC executive director.

Popp said the survey shows that local businesses share the AEDC's outlook.

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