Department of Numbers

Anchorage, Alaska Job Growth

There were 165,600 jobs in Anchorage, Alaska in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 185,814 employed persons for the month. Anchorage added 700 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 40 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Anchorage job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 165,600 +700 -11,000
CPS 185,814 -40 +3,818

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 15,800 jobs have been lost in Anchorage according to the employer survey. From a trough of 150,700 in April 2020, Anchorage has gained 14,900 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 191,743 for Anchorage in April 2015. 5,929 jobs have been lost in Anchorage since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 163,628, Anchorage has added 22,186 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

Anchorage, Alaska Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 165,600 700 185,814 -40
January 2021 164,900 600 185,854 1,606
December 2020 164,300 -200 184,248 -120
November 2020 164,500 700 184,368 -4,969
October 2020 163,800 2,000 189,337 12,234
September 2020 161,800 1,300 177,103 2,554
August 2020 160,500 1,800 174,549 3,194
July 2020 158,700 2,200 171,355 -29
June 2020 156,500 2,200 171,384 7,638
May 2020 154,300 3,600 163,746 118
April 2020 150,700 -25,400 163,628 -18,462
March 2020 176,100 -500 182,090 94