Anchorage Employment Report: April 2021

Welcome to the April edition of the AEDC Employment report. Anchorage just completed the first quarter of 2021 and the March data continues to reflect steep job losses and dramatically higher unemployment compared to the pre-pandemic first quarter of 2020. 

Average job losses for the first quarter stood at 11,400 jobs down from the first quarter of 2020. Better news is coming when April data is released in mid-May and, given current trends, Anchorage should see a significant return to job growth. 

The month of March experienced a drop of an average 10,700 jobs compared to the same month in 2020. Almost all sectors lost jobs with leisure & hospitality being the sector with the highest job losses at 4,500. There were no industry sectors that did not lose a significant number of jobs in the first two months of 2020, except for state government, which showed 100 additional jobs due to COVID-19 response-related hiring. 

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