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Alaska's total wages down 3.6 percent in third quarter 2017 from prior year


February 17, 2018
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(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - Newly released data show Alaska employers statewide paid $4.5 billion in wages in third quarter 2017, a 3.6 percent decline from the same period in 2016. 

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Total wages, which are not adjusted for inflation, have been declining since the first quarter of 2016, with the exception of a half-percent increase in first quarter 2017. 

Statewide private sector wages fell by 3.8 percent. Wages dropped 8.8 percent in oil and gas and 12.8 percent in construction. Seafood processing wages increased 4.3 percent after falling 10.4 percent in the second quarter. Leisure and hospitality was up slightly (0.4 percent) due to a 3.1 percent rise in accommodation wages. Health care wages continued to rise, but by just 0.7 percent after increasing 9.2 percent in second quarter.   

Government wages fell by 3.1 percent across the board: state government wages fell 4.0 percent, federal government declined 2.6 percent, and local government, which includes public schools and tribal government, fell 2.7 percent.   

Across the state, total wages decreased in 19 of 29 boroughs and census areas by a combined $196.9 million while wages in the other 10 grew by a combined $25.5 million.

Areas with wage growth had at least one of three dominant industries: local government, fishing or tourism.

Nearly 90 percent of the state’s net wage loss was in three areas: Anchorage, the Fairbanks North Star Borough and the North Slope Borough. Anchorage’s wages fell by $100 million and Fairbanks’ by $21.8 million. North Slope Borough wages decreased by $31.1 million.  

Employment fell 0.8 percent statewide from year-ago levels. Oil and gas employment decreased by 7.4 percent, construction by 5.7 percent and information by 6.5 percent.

While losses in oil and gas and construction remain the deepest, they appear to be slowing - in second quarter, oil and gas employment fell 14.9 percent and construction dropped 8.7 percent.

Employment rose over the year in manufacturing, transportation and warehousing, health care, accommodation and local government.  


On the Web:

ALL LOCATIONS: Current Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW)

First Quarter: January to March 2017 [PDF]

Second Quarter: April to June 2017 [PDF]

Third Quarter: July to September 2017 [PDF]



Editing by Mary Kauffman, SitNews


Source of News:

Alaska Department of Workforce Development



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