August 02, 2004
Research and Analysis Section Economist Neal Fried said 2003 employment statistics confirm Providence Health maintained the state's largest workforce with 3,556 employees on its payroll.
Safeway/Carrs stores was the runner-up and the only other Alaska private-sector company or organization with more than 3,000 employees.
Writing in the August issue of the labor department's Alaska Economic Trends magazine, Fried reported that seven new employers joined the top-100 list for 2003: Chugach Development Corporation, Lowe's, Nightingale Nursing Services, Chugach Support Services, Quality Asphalt Paving, Northern Air Cargo and Northrim Bank.
Native organizations, both for-profit and nonprofit, were also prominent among the state's largest employers, with 17 included in the top-100 ranking.
Fried said the nonprofit sector represents 22 of the state's largest employers, nearly a quarter of the private-sector workforce. If the public-sector was calculated in the top-100 statistics the state's ten largest employers would include six public and four private-sector organizations.
The August Trends includes an analysis by Labor Economist Brynn Keith of the 2003 statistics and the size of Alaska firms and organizations.
Keith notes that Alaska has more than 16,000 private businesses. Of that number, more than 75 percent have a workforce of fewer than 10 employees based on 2003 statistics.
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