• Nonresidents Working in Alaska 2017


  • Nonresident Workers
    20.9%
    2017

  • Nonresident Workers by
    Place of Work
    2017

  • Nonresident Wages
    15.3%
    2017
  • Nonresidents made up 20.9 percent of Alaska's workforce in 2017 and earned 15.3 percent of wages.
  • The total workforce fell 2.2 percent, to 407,255.
  • There were 322,134 residents and 85,121 nonresidents working in Alaska in 2017.

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

  • The percentage of nonresident workers fell in 2017. Nonresidents made up 20.9 percent of workers in 2017, six-tenths ofa percentage point lower than 2016’s rate of 21.5 percent.
  • Both resident and nonresident workers were downin 2017. Resident workers
    fell 4,917, or 1.5 percent, to 322,134. Nonresident workers fell at twice the rate of residents: a 4.8 percent decline (-4,298) to 85,121.

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

  • Factors that affect the percentage of nonresident workers in an area include large seasonal employment fluctuations, small local populations, and remote worksites.
  • The highest percentages of nonresidents are found in areas such as the Southwest region, Skagway, and Denali where remote worksites and highly seasonal fish processing and tourism work requires supplemental workers.

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

  • Total resident wages fell by $99 million (less than 1 percent), to $13.6 billion while total nonresident wages fell $71 million (2.8 percent), to $2.5 billion.
  • The share of wages earned by nonresidents decrease by two-tenths of a percentage point. Nonresidents earned 15.3 percent of total wages, down from 15.5 percent in 2016.

  • Nonresident Oil Industry Workers
    33.6%
    2017
  • Nonresident Seafood Processing Workers
    74.6%
    2017
  • Nonresident Construction Industry Workers
    17.9%
    2017

  • Leisure and Hospitality Workers
    31.5%
    2017

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

  • The oil industry employed 5.1 percent of all nonresident workers.
  • The percentage of nonresidents working in oil and gas fell from 37.1 percent to 33.6 percent.
  • Th e number of workers in the oil industry fell 18.7 percent in 2017, a substantial drop of 2,978 workers. Of the total decline, 1,427 — or 48 percent — were residents while 1,551 — 52 percent — were nonresidents.

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

  • The seafood processing industry is the largest employer of nonresidents, with 21.4 percent of all nonresidents working in the industry.
  • Th e industry employed 18,248 nonresidents in 2017, representing 74.6 percent of the processing workforce.

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

  • Construction employed 4.8 percent of all nonresident workers.
  • Th e number of construction workers fell to 22,706 in 2017, a drop of 1,738, or 7.1 percent.
  • Nonresidents accounted for 17.9 percent of all construction workers, down from 19.2 percent.

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

  • Leisure and hospitality, including recreation, accommodation, and food service, is the second largest employer of nonresidents, at 18.4 percent of the nonresident workforce.
  • Nonresidents were 31.5 31.9 percent of leisure and hospitality’s 49,867 total workers, down from 31.9 in 2016.