Department of Numbers

Alaska Job Growth

There were 310,000 jobs in Alaska in November 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 327,434 employed persons for the month. Alaska added 1,500 jobs in November 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure fell by 5,193 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Alaska job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 310,000 +1,500 -19,600
CPS 327,434 -5,193 +1,866

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 30,800 jobs have been lost in Alaska according to the employer survey. From a trough of 281,300 in April 2020, Alaska has gained 28,700 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in Alaska reached a maximum of 340,583 in January 2015. 13,149 jobs have been lost in Alaska since then according to the household survey. From a May 2020 low of 291,016, Alaska has added 36,418 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2020

Alaska Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2020 310,000 1,500 327,434 -5,193
October 2020 308,500 7,800 332,627 22,839
September 2020 300,700 3,700 309,788 4,916
August 2020 297,000 5,300 304,872 3,588
July 2020 291,700 -100 301,284 394
June 2020 291,800 4,200 300,890 9,874
May 2020 287,600 6,300 291,016 -2,432
April 2020 281,300 -44,400 293,448 -32,803
March 2020 325,700 -4,100 326,251 928
February 2020 329,800 1,100 325,323 -24
January 2020 328,700 -800 325,347 -250
December 2019 329,500 -100 325,597 29