Department of Numbers

Anchorage, Alaska Job Growth

There were 175,500 jobs in Anchorage, Alaska in October 2019 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 184,655 employed persons for the month. Anchorage lost 300 jobs in October 2019 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 678 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Anchorage job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey October 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 175,500 -300 -200
CPS 184,655 -678 -2,637

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 181,200. Since then 5,700 jobs have been lost in Anchorage according to the employer survey. From a trough of 174,800 in August 2018, Anchorage has gained 700 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 191,796 for Anchorage in April 2015. 7,141 jobs have been lost in Anchorage since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through October 2019

Anchorage, Alaska Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
October 2019 175,500 -300 184,655 -678
September 2019 175,800 -800 185,333 -417
August 2019 176,600 100 185,750 -169
July 2019 176,500 -600 185,919 61
June 2019 177,100 200 185,858 -31
May 2019 176,900 0 185,889 -203
April 2019 176,900 500 186,092 -119
March 2019 176,400 1,200 186,211 -276
February 2019 175,200 100 186,487 -429
January 2019 175,100 -200 186,916 -390
December 2018 175,300 -100 187,306 19
November 2018 175,400 -300 187,287 -5