November job numbers in Alaska up over prior year, lag 2019

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska had about 7,200 more jobs last month than in November 2020, with the leisure and hospitality sector seeing the biggest jump, a report from the state labor department shows.

But job numbers overall lagged pre-pandemic figures from November 2019, with just health care, manufacturing and the federal government showing higher job figures last month than in the same month two years prior, according to the report released Friday.

Alaska had about 13,100 fewer jobs last month than in November 2019.

The leisure and hospitality industry had about 28,100 jobs last month, which is about 3,200 more than in November 2020 but about 3,700 fewer than in November 2019. There were about 6,700 oil and gas jobs last month, 600 more than a year earlier but about 3,100 fewer than in November 2019, according to the report.

The health care and manufacturing sectors each had 300 more jobs last month than in November 2019, while the federal government had about 100 more jobs than two years prior, the report shows.