According to numbers released Wednesday by the state department of labor, 7,807 Alaskans filed for unemployment last week. 

That’s almost 1,000 fewer people filing for initial unemployment benefits compared to the week prior, but state economist Lennon Weller says it’s not time to start celebrating.

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“These levels are incredibly high — historical, high levels,” he said. “Certainly for this time of year, it’s unprecedented.”

In a normal year, he said, tourism and construction would be heating up around this time. But economic impacts from the coronavirus have slowed hiring for the summer season. Weller said many of those people don’t show up in the latest numbers. 

“Normally this time of year individuals who have been filing throughout

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