Department of Numbers

Anchorage, Alaska Job Growth

There were 176,000 jobs in Anchorage, Alaska in October 2018 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 188,119 employed persons for the month. Anchorage added 400 jobs in October 2018 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 515 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Anchorage job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 176,000 +400 +300
CPS 188,119 +515 -472

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 July 2015 at 181,300. Since then 5,300 jobs have been lost in Anchorage according to the employer survey. From a trough of 174,100 in November 2017, Anchorage has gained 1,900 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 192,083 for Anchorage in April 2015. 3,964 jobs have been lost in Anchorage since then according to the household survey. From a September 2018 low of 187,604, Anchorage has added 515 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through October 2018

Anchorage, Alaska Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
October 2018 176,000 400 188,119 515
September 2018 175,600 900 187,604 -338
August 2018 174,700 -700 187,942 -594
July 2018 175,400 -400 188,536 268
June 2018 175,800 -300 188,268 -143
May 2018 176,100 0 188,411 -19
April 2018 176,100 800 188,430 -144
March 2018 175,300 -100 188,574 205
February 2018 175,400 -900 188,369 38
January 2018 176,300 1,800 188,331 322
December 2017 174,500 400 188,009 -198
November 2017 174,100 -1,600 188,207 -384