Department of Numbers

Alaska Job Growth

There were 305,700 jobs in Alaska in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 327,734 employed persons for the month. Alaska added 2,000 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure fell by 3,639 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Alaska job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 305,700 +2,000 -24,100
CPS 327,734 -3,639 -7,289

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 March 2015 for Alaska at 340,800. Since then 35,100 jobs have been lost in Alaska according to the employer survey. From a trough of 283,300 in May 2020, Alaska has gained 22,400 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in Alaska reached a maximum of 340,538 in January 2015. 12,804 jobs have been lost in Alaska since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 304,991, Alaska has added 22,743 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

Alaska Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 305,700 2,000 327,734 -3,639
January 2021 303,700 -400 331,373 485
December 2020 304,100 -400 330,888 -181
November 2020 304,500 100 331,069 -102
October 2020 304,400 9,500 331,171 21,196
September 2020 294,900 4,100 309,975 1,052
August 2020 290,800 4,100 308,923 1,410
July 2020 286,700 2,500 307,513 1,391
June 2020 284,200 900 306,122 875
May 2020 283,300 -1,200 305,247 256
April 2020 284,500 -44,200 304,991 -29,340
March 2020 328,700 -1,100 334,331 -692