Alaska Employment Data by County

County with the Most Businesses: Anchorage Municipality Alaska, 8,021
County with the Most Employees: Anchorage Municipality Alaska, 121,901
County with Highest Average Hourly Wage: North Slope Borough Alaska, $2,015
County with Highest Unemployment Rate: Skagway Municipality Alaska, 23.6%



Aleutians East Borough Alaska

Total Businesses640.3% of state total
Total Employment2,1390.9% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$1,078103.0% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate2.0%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Transport and warehousing1218.8% of county businesses
Most Employees Manufacturing1,89588.6% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Seafood product preparation and packaging710.9% of county businesses
Most Employees Seafood product preparation and packaging1,89588.6% of county employees



Aleutians West Census Area Alaska

Total Businesses1420.7% of state total
Total Employment2,9151.2% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$1,149109.7% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate2.6%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Retail trade2316.2% of county businesses
Most Employees Manufacturing1,72159.0% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Seafood product preparation and packaging149.9% of county businesses
Most Employees Scheduled air transportation210.7% of county employees



Anchorage Municipality Alaska

Total Businesses8,02140.2% of state total
Total Employment121,90149.5% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$1,03598.9% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate5.8%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Professional services1,13114.1% of county businesses
Most Employees Healthcare24,57920.2% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Restaurants and other eating places4886.1% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places10,1798.4% of county employees



Bethel Census Area Alaska

Total Businesses2031.0% of state total
Total Employment4,0461.6% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$84280.4% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate14.6%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Retail trade5426.6% of county businesses
Most Employees Retail trade74118.3% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses General merchandise stores including warehouse clubs and supercenters2512.3% of county businesses
Most Employees General merchandise stores including warehouse clubs and supercenters44210.9% of county employees



Bristol Bay Borough Alaska

Total Businesses920.5% of state total
Total Employment9920.4% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$93489.2% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate17.8%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Accommodation and food services1819.6% of county businesses
Most Employees Manufacturing62162.6% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Seafood product preparation and packaging1112.0% of county businesses
Most Employees Rv parks and recreational camps686.9% of county employees



Denali Borough Alaska

Total Businesses1160.6% of state total
Total Employment1,8680.8% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$81677.9% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate20.1%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Accommodation and food services3832.8% of county businesses
Most Employees Accommodation and food services1,16862.5% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Hotels and motels except casino hotels1210.3% of county businesses
Most Employees Hotels and motels except casino hotels87746.9% of county employees



Dillingham Census Area Alaska

Total Businesses970.5% of state total
Total Employment1,8460.7% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$89985.9% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate9.7%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Accommodation and food services1919.6% of county businesses
Most Employees Healthcare65835.6% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Rv parks and recreational camps1111.3% of county businesses
Most Employees Management of companies and enterprises221.2% of county employees



Fairbanks North Star Borough Alaska

Total Businesses2,15410.8% of state total
Total Employment26,70110.8% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$90586.4% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate6.7%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Construction32515.1% of county businesses
Most Employees Healthcare5,32019.9% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Restaurants and other eating places1416.5% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places2,3118.7% of county employees



Haines Borough Alaska

Total Businesses1370.7% of state total
Total Employment7990.3% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$68465.3% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate15.3%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Accommodation and food services1913.9% of county businesses
Most Employees Healthcare13116.4% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses All other amusement and recreation industries128.8% of county businesses
Most Employees All other amusement and recreation industries8811.0% of county employees



Hoonah-Angoon Census Area Alaska

Total Businesses930.5% of state total
Total Employment4190.2% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$56954.3% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate21.2%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Accommodation and food services2122.6% of county businesses
Most Employees Retail trade7517.9% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Rv parks and recreational camps77.5% of county businesses
Most Employees Rv parks and recreational camps4611.0% of county employees



Juneau City and Borough Alaska

Total Businesses1,0585.3% of state total
Total Employment10,8294.4% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$85781.9% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate5.7%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Retail trade14613.8% of county businesses
Most Employees Retail trade1,84017.0% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Restaurants and other eating places595.6% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places7697.1% of county employees



Kenai Peninsula Borough Alaska

Total Businesses1,8489.3% of state total
Total Employment14,7026.0% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$85781.9% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate9.1%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Accommodation and food services28215.3% of county businesses
Most Employees Healthcare3,31122.5% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Restaurants and other eating places1407.6% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places1,2748.7% of county employees



Ketchikan Gateway Borough Alaska

Total Businesses5682.8% of state total
Total Employment5,4982.2% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$81577.8% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate8.4%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Retail trade9616.9% of county businesses
Most Employees Healthcare1,01418.4% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Restaurants and other eating places335.8% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places4007.3% of county employees



Kodiak Island Borough Alaska

Total Businesses4292.1% of state total
Total Employment4,7061.9% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$84780.9% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate5.2%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Transport and warehousing5913.8% of county businesses
Most Employees Manufacturing1,46631.2% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Fishing317.2% of county businesses
Most Employees Seafood product preparation and packaging1,44530.7% of county employees



Kusilvak Census Area Alaska

Total Businesses590.3% of state total
Total Employment7970.3% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$59757.0% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate22.2%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Retail trade2644.1% of county businesses
Most Employees Retail trade31639.6% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses General merchandise stores including warehouse clubs and supercenters1322.0% of county businesses
Most Employees General merchandise stores including warehouse clubs and supercenters21026.3% of county employees



Lake and Peninsula Borough Alaska

Total Businesses670.3% of state total
Total Employment5070.2% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$93389.1% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate15.7%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Accommodation and food services1522.4% of county businesses
Most Employees Transport and warehousing10921.5% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Rv parks and recreational camps1420.9% of county businesses
Most Employees Electric power generation224.3% of county employees



Matanuska-Susitna Borough Alaska

Total Businesses2,01410.1% of state total
Total Employment17,8447.2% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$76473.0% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate8.5%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Construction41220.5% of county businesses
Most Employees Healthcare4,06622.8% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Restaurants and other eating places1175.8% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places1,86710.5% of county employees



Nome Census Area Alaska

Total Businesses1880.9% of state total
Total Employment2,1850.9% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$1,00395.8% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate12.9%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Retail trade3619.1% of county businesses
Most Employees Healthcare68331.3% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Offices of physicians158.0% of county businesses
Most Employees Scheduled air transportation1989.1% of county employees



North Slope Borough Alaska

Total Businesses1820.9% of state total
Total Employment10,4154.2% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$2,015192.5% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate6.8%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Mining and oil extraction2614.3% of county businesses
Most Employees Mining and oil extraction6,29360.4% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Support activities for mining2011.0% of county businesses
Most Employees Support activities for mining4,55143.7% of county employees



Northwest Arctic Borough Alaska

Total Businesses870.4% of state total
Total Employment1,7850.7% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$1,549147.9% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate15.5%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Retail trade1517.2% of county businesses
Most Employees Transport and warehousing18410.3% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Other outpatient care centers1112.6% of county businesses
Most Employees Scheduled air transportation1196.7% of county employees



Petersburg Borough Alaska

Total Businesses1460.7% of state total
Total Employment7490.3% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$72068.8% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate11.6%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Retail trade2617.8% of county businesses
Most Employees Retail trade17523.4% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Sea coastal and great lakes transportation117.5% of county businesses
Most Employees Seafood product preparation and packaging16421.9% of county employees



Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area Alaska

Total Businesses1610.8% of state total
Total Employment1,1110.5% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$72168.9% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate15.9%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Retail trade2515.5% of county businesses
Most Employees Retail trade25022.5% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Rv parks and recreational camps116.8% of county businesses
Most Employees Logging585.2% of county employees



Sitka City and Borough Alaska

Total Businesses3361.7% of state total
Total Employment3,1141.3% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$76272.8% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate5.1%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Retail trade5215.5% of county businesses
Most Employees Healthcare60519.4% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Restaurants and other eating places185.4% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places2477.9% of county employees



Skagway Municipality Alaska

Total Businesses1240.6% of state total
Total Employment7530.3% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$66463.4% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate23.6%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Retail trade4233.9% of county businesses
Most Employees Retail trade16922.4% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Gift novelty and souvenir stores1512.1% of county businesses
Most Employees All other amusement and recreation industries12216.2% of county employees



Southeast Fairbanks Census Area Alaska

Total Businesses1850.9% of state total
Total Employment1,6360.7% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$1,303124.5% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate11.9%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Retail trade3217.3% of county businesses
Most Employees Retail trade22313.6% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Engineering services137.0% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places1056.4% of county employees



Valdez-Cordova Census Area Alaska

Total Businesses4582.3% of state total
Total Employment3,6441.5% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$1,087103.8% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate11.4%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Accommodation and food services7416.2% of county businesses
Most Employees Transport and warehousing69119.0% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Remediation services388.3% of county businesses
Most Employees Sea coastal and great lakes transportation2526.9% of county employees



Wrangell City and Borough Alaska

Total Businesses750.4% of state total
Total Employment5290.2% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$64561.6% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate10.8%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Construction1520.0% of county businesses
Most Employees Healthcare13124.8% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Residential building construction45.3% of county businesses
Most Employees Other household goods repair and maintenance142.6% of county employees



Yakutat City and Borough Alaska

Total Businesses280.1% of state total
Total Employment1200.0% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$62860.0% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate12.4%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Accommodation and food services828.6% of county businesses
Most Employees Retail trade3226.7% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Hotels and motels except casino hotels517.9% of county businesses
Most Employees Aquaculture00.0% of county employees



Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area Alaska

Total Businesses1180.6% of state total
Total Employment6900.3% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$79676.0% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate18.7%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Retail trade3227.1% of county businesses
Most Employees Healthcare20830.1% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Fuel dealers97.6% of county businesses
Most Employees General merchandise stores including warehouse clubs and supercenters365.2% of county employees






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