Department of Numbers

Anchorage, Alaska Job Growth

There were 161,200 jobs in Anchorage, Alaska in July 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 171,268 employed persons for the month. Anchorage added 2,400 jobs in July 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 116 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Anchorage job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey July 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 161,200 +2,400 -15,800
CPS 171,268 -116 -11,844

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 20,200 jobs have been lost in Anchorage according to the employer survey. From a trough of 150,500 in April 2020, Anchorage has gained 10,700 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 191,743 for Anchorage in April 2015. 20,475 jobs have been lost in Anchorage since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 163,628, Anchorage has added 7,640 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through July 2020

Anchorage, Alaska Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
July 2020 161,200 2,400 171,268 -116
June 2020 158,800 3,900 171,384 7,638
May 2020 154,900 4,400 163,746 118
April 2020 150,500 -24,900 163,628 -18,462
March 2020 175,400 -2,300 182,090 94
February 2020 177,700 200 181,996 91
January 2020 177,500 700 181,905 -37
December 2019 176,800 100 181,942 -156
November 2019 176,700 200 182,098 -208
October 2019 176,500 100 182,306 -242
September 2019 176,400 -200 182,548 -270
August 2019 176,600 -400 182,818 -294