News Release


DATE: February 1, 2000 CONTACT: Jeff Hadland
NO: 00-31 PHONE: (907) 465-6031

Alaska Resident Workforce Continues to Gain Strength
Report Shows Dramatic Improvement in Resident Hire

Alaska continued to show significant improvement in resident hire in 1998, according to a newly released report from the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development. More than 80 percent of all workers employed in Alaska in 1998 were residents, the highest rate of resident worker employment since 1988.

"We're working with employers, labor organizations, and training providers to see that Alaskans are trained and qualified for, and have first crack at, jobs in Alaska," said Ed Flanagan, Commissioner of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. "While there's still a lot of work to do, we're making progress. We've seen a dramatic improvement in resident hire since 1992, when nonresident hire peaked at nearly 24 percent or 78,000 employees. In 1998, that number dropped to 69,551 nonresident workers or 19.5 percent, the lowest rate of nonresident employment in a decade."

The number of resident workers employed in Alaska increased by 6,406 workers in 1998 to nearly 287,000, a 2.4 percent increase from 1997, while the number of nonresident workers decreased by 1,777. Resident earnings increased over 5 percent from 1997 to 1998 or $353 million while total nonresident earnings increased by nearly $35 million.

The report, "Nonresidents Working in Alaska-1998," was prepared by the department's research and analysis division. An article appears in February's issue of Alaska Economic Trends. Other highlights of the report include:

To obtain a copy of the report, or for more information, contact Jeff Hadland, Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Research and Analysis, at 907-465-6031, email, or visit their website at

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