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September jobs up 2.0 percent from September 2022

Oct. 20, 2023
No. 23-14

JUNEAU, Alaska — September’s statewide job count was up by 6,600, or 2.0 percent, from September 2022.

With the record cruise ship season, leisure and hospitality employment was up 1,400 from last September. Health care also added 1,400 jobs, with the strongest growth in hospitals. The professional and business services sector was up by 700 jobs and manufacturing, which is mostly seafood processing, added 600 jobs over the year. 

Most Alaska industries grew, with two longstanding exceptions. The information sector and financial activities each lost 200 jobs over the year.

Government job growth was led by federal government (800). State government was down 100 jobs and local government, which includes public schools, was up by 300.

Alaska’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in September and the U.S. rate was 3.8 percent.