Department of Numbers

Alaska Job Growth

There were 330,700 jobs in Alaska in May 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 342,405 employed persons for the month. Alaska added 2,300 jobs in May 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure fell by 25 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Alaska job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey May 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 330,700 +2,300 -2,900
CPS 342,405 -25 +5,737

Alaska Employment Changes

The charts below shows the monthly job growth for Alaska as measured by the CES and CPS surveys. To illustrate the trend, the 3 month moving average change in employment is shown in green.

CES Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

CPS Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

Total Employment in Alaska

CES employment peaked in January 2015 for Alaska at 340,800. Since then 10,100 jobs have been lost in Alaska according to the employer survey. From a trough of 328,200 in January 2017, Alaska has gained 2,500 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in Alaska reached a maximum of 342,430 in April 2017. 25 jobs have been lost in Alaska since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2017

Alaska Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2017 330,700 2,300 342,405 -25
April 2017 328,400 0 342,430 1,161
March 2017 328,400 -1,700 341,269 1,795
February 2017 330,100 1,900 339,474 2,141
January 2017 328,200 -1,200 337,333 1,187
December 2016 329,400 -500 336,146 92
November 2016 329,900 -700 336,054 66
October 2016 330,600 700 335,988 28
September 2016 329,900 -1,900 335,960 -31
August 2016 331,800 -300 335,991 -128
July 2016 332,100 800 336,119 -237
June 2016 331,300 -2,300 336,356 -312