AEDC predicts slight economic growth in 2020, Hilcorp promises 100-200 jobs

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Bill Popp, President and CEO of Anchorage Economic Development Corporation, said that this year, Anchorage could take its first steps toward climbing out of a recession that's plagued the state's economy in recent years. Businesses in Alaska's largest city experienced various gains and losses based off of their sector in 2019, Those figures were reported as follows:

Retail: -300 jobs
Oil & gas: -200
Government: -200
Finance: -100
Construction: +100
Leisure & Hospitality: +200
Business Services: +200
Transportation: +200
Healthcare: +200
NET TOTAL: +100

After Popp's annual report, Hilcorp Senior Vice President Dave Wilkins told the crowd that his company plans to triple it's workforce in Alaska. Accordcing to Wilkins, Hilcorp has offered 1000 jobs to former BP employers- of which he says about 80% have been accepted.

"Over the next few months, we're going to post 100-200 more jobs because the BP folks we are hiring to fill the gaps aren't going to be all the jobs that we need," Wilkins said during his keynote address.

"This is one of those moments where I don't mind being wrong," Popp responded, "I'd like to see another 150-200 jobs."

You can watch the full interview will Bill Popp above.

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