Alaska Employment Statistics

  • 21,909 employers
  • 321,045 employees
  • $1,070 average weekly wage
  • The average weekly wage is 2.8% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 30.6% above the national average

For complete coverage and the latest employment statistics as compiled by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, see: Alaska Employment Statistics

State Business & Employment Since 2009

  • 715 more businesses
  • 7,243 more employees
  • 2.3% increase in total wages
  • $8,561 increase in annual wages per employee
  • 18.2% increase in wages per employee

For our analysis of key data changes for business and employment data since the end of the recession in 2009, see: Alaska Employment Growth Since the Recession

Business & Employment by County

County with the Most Businesses: Anchorage Municipality Alaska, 8,021
County with the Most Employees: Anchorage Municipality Alaska, 121,901
County with Highest Average Hourly Wage: North Slope Borough Alaska, $2,015
County with Highest Unemployment Rate: Skagway Municipality Alaska, 23.6%

For a breakout of business and employment data by county for the state of Alaska, see: Alaska Employment Statistics by County


For a breakout of occupations across the state of Alaska see:Alaska Occupational Statistics

Monthly Employment and Unemployment Data

  • 329,353 employed workers
  • 22,057 unemployed workers
  • 6.3% unemployment rate

Monthly employment, unemployment and wage data for the state of Alaska, see: Alaska Monthly Employment Data

Quarterly Employment and Unemployment Data

  • 22,306 employers, up 2.3% from 21,799
  • 329,157 employees, up 0.9% from 326,338
  • $1,078 average weekly wage, up 3.6% from $1,041
  • The average weekly wage is 1.6% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 29.9% above the national average

Quarterly employment statistics for Alaska, see: Alaska Quarterly Employment Data

Data Sources

About the Writer

This page was created and is maintained by Kurt Tietjen, Founder of Stavera, High Peak Media & Kurt is an executive, data scientist and software engineer who holds an MBA in Management Information Systems. In 2010, he partnered with scientists at Northwestern University to launch The Street Wire. This was one of the first mainstream uses of what would become “Narrative Science”, an artificial intelligence platform specializing in natural language generation. You can contact Kurt on LinkedIn here.