Department of Numbers

Anchorage, Alaska Job Growth

There were 177,800 jobs in Anchorage, Alaska in May 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 191,977 employed persons for the month. Anchorage added 1,100 jobs in May 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 51 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Anchorage job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey May 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 177,800 +1,100 -1,700
CPS 191,977 +51 +1,568

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 3,600 jobs have been lost in Anchorage according to the employer survey. From a trough of 176,300 in March 2017, Anchorage has gained 1,500 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 192,368 for Anchorage in March 2017. 391 jobs have been lost in Anchorage since then according to the household survey. From a April 2017 low of 191,926, Anchorage has added 51 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2017

Anchorage, Alaska Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2017 177,800 1,100 191,977 51
April 2017 176,700 400 191,926 -442
March 2017 176,300 -600 192,368 998
February 2017 176,900 -800 191,370 1,445
January 2017 177,700 100 189,925 -86
December 2016 177,600 200 190,011 121
November 2016 177,400 0 189,890 93
October 2016 177,400 -400 189,797 -92
September 2016 177,800 -300 189,889 -55
August 2016 178,100 -400 189,944 -23
July 2016 178,500 500 189,967 -157
June 2016 178,000 -1,500 190,124 -285