Anchorage, AK – December 2023 Jobs Report – Resilience Amidst Seasonal Decline

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While Anchorage typically experiences job losses between November and December, the December 2023 report showed a smaller decrease than usual, indicating a resilient local economy. The overall labor force contracted by 1,471 workers, but December still maintained more jobs than January 2023, defying the historical seasonal trend.


  • Healthcare and Food Services Lead Growth: The strongest gains occurred in service-providing industries, with Healthcare adding 1,200 jobs and Food Services and Drinking Places contributing 1,000 new positions.
  • Retail Rebounds: Retail trade bounced back from November’s losses, adding 300 jobs, potentially reflecting holiday shopping activity.
  • Construction Stable: The construction industry remained steady, holding onto its November employment level.

What Industries and Occupations Grew:

  • Healthcare: Registered Nurses, Home Health Aides, and Nursing Assistants were in high demand.
  • Food Services and Drinking Places: Cooks, Servers, and Food Preparation Workers saw job growth.
  • Retail Trade: Salespersons and Cashiers gained employment opportunities.

What Industries and Occupations Shrank:

Compare to Same Month Last Year:

  • December 2023 employment stood 1,200 positions lower than December 2022, but the annual decline was smaller than the previous year’s drop.
  • Healthcare and Leisure & Hospitality remained strong performers year-over-year, adding jobs compared to December 2022.

Compare to Previous Month:

  • The overall labor force shrank by 1,471 compared to November 2023, reflecting the usual seasonal pattern.
  • However, the job losses were less significant than the average historical decline between November and December.

Future Outlook:

  • The Anchorage Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) predicts continued growth in sectors like Healthcare, Logistics & Transportation, and Professional & Business Services.
  • The consumer optimism index for Anchorage rose in the fourth quarter of 2023, indicating potential for further economic expansion.

10 Growing Occupations:

  1. Registered Nurse
  2. Home Health Aide
  3. Nursing Assistant
  4. Cook
  5. Server
  6. Food Preparation Worker
  7. Salesperson
  8. Cashier
  9. Truck Driver
  10. Software Developer

10 Companies Hiring Now: