• Nonresidents Working in Alaska

    2016

  • Nonresident Workers
    21.5%
    2016

  • Nonresident Workers by
    Place of Work
    2016

  • Nonresident Wages
    15.5%
    2016
  • Alaska residents made up 78.5 percent of all workers in 2016 and earned 84.5 percent of wages.
  • Alaska’s workforce declined by 1.9 percent, to 416,459.
  • There were 327,048 residents and 89,411 nonresidents working in Alaska in 2016.

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

  • The percentage of nonresident workers decreased in 2016. Nonresidents made up 21.5 percent of workers in 2016, one tenth of a percentage point lower than 2015’s rate of 21.6 percent.
  • Both resident and nonresident workers declined. The resident worker total dropped by 5,732, or 1.7 percent, to 327,048. The number of nonresident workers dropped by 2.8 percent, or 2,537 workers, to 89,411.

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 wages fell for both residents and nonresidents. Resident wages decreased 3.6 percent to $13.7 billion in 2016 while nonresident wages fell 7.9 percent to $2.5 billion.
  • The share of wages earned by nonresidents decrease by six-tenths of a percentage point. Nonresidents earned 15.5 percent of total wages, down from 16.1 percent in 2015.

  • Nonresident Oil Industry Workers
    37.1%
    2016
  • Nonresident Seafood Processing Workers
    75.5%
    2016
  • Nonresident Construction Industry Workers
    19.9%
    2016

  • Leisure and Hospitality Workers
    31.9%
    2016

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

  • The oil industry employed 6.6 percent of all nonresident workers.
  • The percentage of nonresidents in the oil and gas industry increased. The percentage of nonresidents working in oil and gas rose from 36 percent to 37.1 percent.
  • The number of total workers in the oil industry fell 16 percent from 2015 to 2016. Although residents represented just under 63 percent of oil and gas workers, they were 70 percent of the total decline.

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

  • The seafood processing industry is the largest employer of nonresidents, with 21.0 percent of all nonresidents working in the industry.
  • Seafood processing lost workers. The decline in residents outpaced that of nonresidents, driving an increase in the nonresident rate: 75.2 percent to 75.5 percent.

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

  • Construction employed 5.4 percent of all nonresident workers.
  • Both resident and nonresident workers fell. Of the 24,444 total construction workers, 19,584 were resident (down from 20,648) and 4.860 were nonresident (down from 5,887).
  • The percentage of nonresidents decreased. Nonresidents were 19.9 percent of construction workers, down 2.3 percent from 2015.

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 18.3 percent of the nonresident workforce.
  • The percentage of nonresident workers increased. Nonresidents were 31.9 percent of leisure and hospitality’s 51,280 total workers, up from 31.5 in 2015.
  • The industry added mostly nonresident workers. The industry employed 34,935 residents, an increase of only 2 workers. Nonresidents increased 1.5 percent, adding 249 workers to reach 16,345.