About the Alaska Worker Counts (ODB) Data
Source of Worker Counts and Wage Data
This data set comes from Alaska’s Occupational Database (ODB). Employers provide the occupation, place of work, and wages for each wage and salary worker covered by unemployment insurance. This employer-provided information is the core of the ODB.
The quarterly worker count is the cumulative number of unique individuals who worked in the occupation at any time over the entire quarter. The annual worker count is the cumulative number of unique individuals who worked in the occupation at any time over the entire year.
Worker Counts Versus Employment Estimates
Worker counts differ from employment estimates (i.e., job counts). Employment is the count of filled positions for an occupation at a single point in time. Worker counts are the cumulative number of individuals who worked in the occupation over an entire period. Because a single position can be filled by more than one person over a time period (due to turnover), worker counts are almost always higher than employment estimates.
The most recent estimates of employment by occupation are available on our Occupational Forecast page.
This data set also provides total wages earned in an occupation for the entire year. This total includes all Alaska wage and salary workers covered by unemployment insurance.