Department of Numbers

Anchorage, Alaska Job Growth

There were 176,500 jobs in Anchorage, Alaska in February 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 191,296 employed persons for the month. Anchorage lost 1,200 jobs in February 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 1,889 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Anchorage job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 176,500 -1,200 -3,700
CPS 191,296 +1,889 +984

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Anchorage, Alaska Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Anchorage 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 for Anchorage, Alaska

CES employment for Anchorage peaked in May 2015 at 181,400. Since then 4,900 jobs have been lost in Anchorage according to the employer survey.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 192,003 for Anchorage in December 2015. 707 jobs have been lost in Anchorage since then according to the household survey. From a November 2016 low of 188,234, Anchorage has added 3,062 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2017

Anchorage, Alaska Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2017 176,500 -1,200 191,296 1,889
January 2017 177,700 100 189,407 969
December 2016 177,600 200 188,438 204
November 2016 177,400 0 188,234 -3
October 2016 177,400 -400 188,237 -1,530
September 2016 177,800 -300 189,767 -766
August 2016 178,100 -400 190,533 -228
July 2016 178,500 500 190,761 110
June 2016 178,000 -1,500 190,651 242
May 2016 179,500 -400 190,409 -1
April 2016 179,900 200 190,410 407
March 2016 179,700 -500 190,003 -309