Alaska Local and Regional Information

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Worker Characteristics    (Text file of all years)

  2016
Residents age 16 and over 506,890
Residents employed 304,556
Female workers 150,180
Male workers 154,374
Workers age 45 and over 120,847
Workers age 50 and over 92,513
Total wages $13,094,184,783
Sector employed in
Private 236,086
Local government 44,613
State government 23,857
Peak quarterly employment 273,209
Workers employed all 4 quarters 218,965
New hires 95,658
Unemployment insurance claimants 38,054

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Source: Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Research and Analysis Section. Last updated September 2016.

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Occupations    (Text file of all years)

2016 Top Occupations  (go to expanded occupations page)
Note: Values in this table represent resident workers only.
 Number of workers FemaleMaleAge 45 and overAge 50 and over
Retail Salespersons 13,433 7,5185,915 3,7062,992
Cashiers 7,029 4,7392,290 1,9841,534
Office and Administrative Support Workers, All Other oil and gas occupation 6,550 4,9751,575 2,1721,641
Office Clerks, General 5,187 4,0511,136 1,9931,566
Personal Care Aides 5,165 4,0101,155 2,2761,782
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 5,116 1,9013,215 2,5632,072
Registered Nurses TOP JOB 4,905 4,357548 2,3811,881
Teacher Assistants 4,866 4,042824 2,3491,837
Construction Laborers oil and gas occupation 4,859 5174,342 1,289915
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 4,207 2,4201,787 697513
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 4,197 3,580617 2,0521,591
Teachers and Instructors, All Other 4,053 2,9671,086 2,2221,827
Food Preparation Workers 4,004 2,1211,883 790585
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand oil and gas occupation 3,964 5073,457 1,181886
General and Operations Managers oil and gas occupation maritime occupation TOP JOB 3,796 1,4492,347 2,3511,825
Waiters and Waitresses 3,707 2,6911,016 713483
Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers 3,456 1,2522,204 1,7601,444
Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators oil and gas occupation TOP JOB 3,226 1943,032 1,6191,280
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 3,190 2,811379 1,4161,077
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 3,119 1802,939 1,6881,391
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 3,107 2,406700 1,293996
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants TOP JOB 3,047 2,705342 1,5481,229
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers oil and gas occupation 2,923 1352,788 1,5511,194
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 2,745 7192,026 789591
Receptionists and Information Clerks 2,726 2,457269 804609

oil and gas occupation means the occupation has been identified as an important occupation involved in the oil and gas industry. Read more.
priority maritime occupation means the occupation has been identified as an important occupation involved in the maritime industry. Read more.
TOP JOB means the occupation is projected to have a high growth rate and numerous openings, and has an above average wage. Read more.



Source: Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Research and Analysis Section. Last updated September 2016.

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Industries    (Text file of all years)   (industry categories)

2016 Workers by Industry
 Number of workersPercent of total employed FemaleMaleAge 45 and overAge 50 and over
Natural Resources and Mining13,084 4.3 2,00211,082 5,6384,276
Construction18,333 6.0 2,57315,760 6,5374,873
Manufacturing9,141 3.0 2,8806,261 4,0843,190
Trade, Transportation and Utilities63,143 20.7 25,33637,807 23,25717,979
Information6,311 2.1 2,5763,735 2,5101,887
Financial Activities12,821 4.2 7,5765,245 4,5903,480
Professional and Business Services26,146 8.6 11,48414,662 10,5838,166
Educational and Health Services45,947 15.1 35,34210,605 18,14513,819
Leisure and Hospitality30,783 10.1 16,42614,355 7,4835,563
State Government23,857 7.8 12,24711,610 12,2059,449
Local Government44,613 14.6 25,95318,660 22,05016,933
Other9,978 3.3 5,5954,383 3,6412,808
Unknown399 0.1 190209 12490

Industry chart

Number of Workers with Experience in Industry 2012–2016
Accomodation and food services71,513 Management of companies and enterprises5,259
Administration and support and waste management43,697 Manufacturing22,880
Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting3,793 Mining22,102
Arts, entertainment and recreation18,344 Professional, scientific and technical services29,792
Construction42,194 Real estate and rental and leasing17,061
Educational services7,052 State government39,095
Finance and insurance12,321 Trade99,215
Health care and social assistance74,370 Transportation and warehousing36,426
Information12,651 Utilities4,214



Source: Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Research and Analysis Section. Last updated September 2016.

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Unemployment Rate    (CSV file of all years)

 JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDecAnnual average
2016 7.4% 7.7% 7.4% 7.0% 6.8% 6.9% 6.2% 6.0% 6.3% 6.6% 6.9% 7.1% 6.9%

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Unemployment rate chart


Source: Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Research and Analysis Section. Last updated September 2016.

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Population Estimates    (Population Estimates page)

YearPopulation
2010710,231
2011722,159
2012730,603
2013736,071
2014736,423
2015737,022
2016739,676
2017737,847
2018736,239

Population estimates chart


Source: Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Research and Analysis Section.

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Tax Revenue    (Text file of all years)

2016
 Tax revenue
Commercial Passenger Vessel$19,066,852
Common Property Fishery Assessment $36,062
Corporate Income Tax, excluding Oil and Gas$90,243,942
Dive Fisheries Tax$460,822
Electric Cooperative Tax$2,015,794
Fish Resource Landing Tax$9,765,515
Fisheries Business Tax$39,901,481
Gaming Tax$2,569,107
Large Passenger Vessel Gambling Tax$7,736,499
Liquor Tax$42,430,408
Mining License$11,137,900
Motor Fuel Tax$48,773,877
Oil and Gas CBR Fund$32,691,409
Oil and Gas Conservation Surcharge$9,207,784
Oil and Gas Corporate Income Tax$-26,143,864
Oil and Gas General Fund$-58,835,272
Oil and Gas Production Tax$259,145,422
Oil and Gas Property Tax$111,736,765
Salmon Enhancement Tax$6,805,741
Seafood Development Tax$1,409,426
Seafood Marketing Tax$9,681,785
Telephone Cooperative Tax$2,287,312
Tire Fee$1,469,382
Tobacco Tax$67,918,506
Total Corporation Taxes$67,456,950
Vehicle Rental Tax$10,472,558

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Source: Alaska Department of Revenue, Tax Division. Last updated September 2016.

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2010 Census   (Demographic profile   ExcelPDFText)

Age and Sex
 TotalMaleFemale
Total710,231369,628340,603
Under 5 years53,99627,89626,100
5 to 9 years50,88726,03824,849
10 to 14 years50,81626,14724,669
15 to 19 years52,14127,17924,962
20 to 24 years54,41929,70624,713
25 to 29 years55,41929,30726,112
30 to 34 years47,70624,86122,845
35 to 39 years45,83323,73122,102
40 to 44 years47,14124,64622,495
45 to 49 years54,72628,39826,328
50 to 54 years56,30029,28827,012
55 to 59 years49,97126,39423,577
60 to 64 years35,93819,23116,707
65 to 69 years22,20211,71410,488
70 to 74 years13,1486,6626,486
75 to 79 years8,8924,1504,742
80 to 84 years5,9852,6203,365
85 years and over4,7111,6603,051
Median age
BothMaleFemale
33.833.634.1

Age/sex chart


Race
 NumberPercent
White473,57666.7
Black23,2633.3
American Indian/AK Native104,87114.8
Asian38,1355.4
Pacific Islander7,4091.0
Other11,1021.6
Two or more races51,8757.3

Race chart


Household and Family Size
Average household size2.65
Average family size3.21
Vacancy Rates
Total housing units306,967
Homeowner vacancy rate1.7%
Rental vacancy rate6.6%

To see more census data, visit our 2010 Census website.


Source: United States Census Bureau.

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