Brief Study Examines Native
July 17, 2009
Economic conditions among Alaska Natives are much better today
than they were in 1970 -- but they still fall considerably below
averages among other Alaskans and other Americans. That's the
picture from a new analysis by Stephanie Martin and Alexandra
Hill of Institute of Social and Economic Research.
Using mainly data from the
U.S. Census Bureau, the researchers found:
- Poverty among Alaska Natives
is nearly double the U.S. average -- but it's only half what
it was in 1970.
- Even with the national unemployment
rate at 9.5 percent, the rate among Alaska Natives is still estimated
to be twice as high.
- Many more Alaska Natives --
especially women -- have jobs now than in 1970, but the unemployment
rate is actually higher. That's because the number of Alaska
Natives in the job market has grown faster than the number of
jobs. The Alaska Native population has more than doubled since
- The median income of Alaska
Native households is about two-thirds that of all Alaska households,
and it's roughly 20 percent below that of all U.S. households.
Still, the real (adjusted for inflation) median income of Alaska
Native households is about 50 percent higher than it was in 1970.
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