Talk of Alaska: Neal Fried and the history of Alaska’s economy

The Alaska Capitol. (Nat Herz/Alaska Public Media)

After nearly 45 years at the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, state economist Neal Fried is retiring. Over his long career in the state, Fried has built up an in-depth understanding of the booms and busts of Alaska’s economy. What stands out to him from his decades of looking at the unique economy of Alaska and what does he think about the future? We ask Neal Fried those questions and more on this Talk of Alaska.


HOST: Lori Townsend


  • Neal Fried, economist, Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development


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LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, July 11 at 10 a.m. on Alaska public radio stations statewide.

Lori Townsend is the news director and senior host for Alaska Public Media. You can send her news tips and program ideas for Talk of Alaska and Alaska Insight at or call 907-550-8452.

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