• Nonresidents Working in Alaska

    2015

  • Nonresident Workers
    21.3%
    2015

  • Nonresident Workers by
    Place of Work
    2015

  • Nonresident Wages
    16.0%
    2015
  • Alaska residents made up 78.7 percent of all workers in 2015 and earned 84.0 percent of wages.
  • Alaska’s workforce grew by 0.1 percent, to 422,850.
  • There were 332,583 residents and 90,267 nonresidents working in Alaska in 2015.

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

  • The percentage of nonresident workers increased in 2015. Nonresidents made up 21.3 percent of workers in 2015, half of a percentage point higher than 2014’s rate of 20.8 percent.
  • Resident workers declined, nonresident workers increased. The resident worker total dropped by 2,298, or seven-tenths of a percentage point, to 332,583. The number of nonresident workers increased by 2.9 percent, or 2,526 workers, to 90,267.

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

  • Growth in total nonresident wages outpaced that of residents. Resident wages increased 2.2 percent to $14.2 billion in 2015 while nonresident wages increased 5.9 percent to $2.7 billion.
  • The share of wages earned by nonresidents increased by four-tenths of a percentage point.Nonresidents earned 16.0 percent of total wages, up from 15.6 percent in 2014.

  • Nonresident Oil Industry Workers
    36.4%
    2015
  • Nonresident Seafood Processing Workers
    73.6%
    2015
  • Nonresident Construction Industry Workers
    22.1%
    2015

  • Leisure and Hospitality Workers
    31.7%
    2015

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

  • The oil industry employed 7.5 percent of all nonresident workers.
  • The percentage of nonresidents in the oil and gas industry increased. The oil industry had 6,728 nonresident and 11,751 resident workers in 2015. Nonresidents were 36.4 percent, up from 35.1 percent in 2014.
  • The oil and gas industry added nonresidents and lost residents. The oil industry lost eight net workers in 2015. The number of residents in the oil industry dropped by 254, or 2.1 percent, and nonresidents increased by 246, or 3.8 percent.

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

  • The seafood processing industry is the largest employer of nonresidents, with 18.9 percent of all nonresidents working in the industry.
  • Seafood processing lost workers and the majority were nonresidents. Seafood processing employed 23,131 workers in 2015, down by 811, or 3.4 percent. There were 17,024 nonresidents (down 755) and 6,107 (down 56) residents in 2015.
  • Percent nonresident fell.Nonresidents represented 73.6 percent of the processing workforce, down from 74.3 percent in 2014.

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

  • Construction employed 6.6 percent of all nonresident workers.
  • Both resident and nonresident workers fell. Of the 26,868 total construction workers, 20,936 were resident (down from 21,552) and 5,932 were nonresident (down from 6,134).
  • The percentage of nonresidents decreased.Nonresidents were 22.1 percent of construction workers, down one-tenth of a percent from 2014.

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 18.0 percent of the nonresident workforce.
  • The percentage of nonresident workers increased.Nonresidents were 31.7 percent of leisure and hospitality’s 51,202 total workers, up from 30.3 in 2014.
  • The industry added both resident and nonresident workers. The industry employed 34,983 residents, an increase of 316 workers, or nine-tenths of a percent. Nonresidents increased 7.7 percent, adding 1,166 workers to reach 16,219.