Department of Numbers

Anchorage, Alaska Job Growth

There were 165,800 jobs in Anchorage, Alaska in August 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 185,011 employed persons for the month. Anchorage added 700 jobs in August 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 571 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Anchorage job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey August 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 165,800 +700 +5,300
CPS 185,011 +571 +5,811

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 15,600 jobs have been lost in Anchorage according to the employer survey. From a trough of 150,700 in April 2020, Anchorage has gained 15,100 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 191,737 for Anchorage in May 2015. 6,726 jobs have been lost in Anchorage since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 170,238, Anchorage has added 14,773 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through August 2021

Anchorage, Alaska Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
August 2021 165,800 700 185,011 571
July 2021 165,100 2,200 184,440 225
June 2021 162,900 -1,100 184,215 237
May 2021 164,000 -400 183,978 297
April 2021 164,400 -1,600 183,681 46
March 2021 166,000 300 183,635 -561
February 2021 165,700 800 184,196 -646
January 2021 164,900 600 184,842 -662
December 2020 164,300 -200 185,504 -874
November 2020 164,500 700 186,378 -1,238
October 2020 163,800 2,000 187,616 10,655
September 2020 161,800 1,300 176,961 -2,239