We know how important jobs are to Alaskans and we also know that people who work closer to home are happier and, in general, make better employees. Just a couple reasons why the oil and gas industry puts Alaskans first.

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AlaskaHirePercentage-01 The State of Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development (ADOLWD) data for oil and gas extraction, drillers, support services, refineries, and pipelines shows that just over 70 percent of oil and gas industry workers are residents of Alaska. ADOLWD calculates workforce residence based on the Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) applications and produces a conservative estimate of resident employment each year. The share of residents in Alaska’s industry workforce has been fairly steady at between 68 and 74 percent over the last decade, which is similar to the statewide private workforce average of 76 percent resident hire.

Why do we track Alaska Hire? Because we know Alaskans care most about their state and creating jobs for Alaskans is important for long-term economic stability. It is also the right thing to do, and it’s interesting to note no other oil-producing state tracks their residency hire. We are fortunate the information provided by the Permanent Fund Dividend programallows the State to track Alaska hire rates.
There are a few reasons why companies hire some workers from out of state. First, the rotational schedule and remote distance of many industry jobs allows workers to live anywhere and commute to work via airplane. Second, certain irregular operations must be performed by a highly-trained technical team that is not needed for year-round work. These skill-specific teams are called in for short periods of work, and spend the rest of the year traveling to various oil producing regions. And finally, with a small population, Alaska does not have the trained workforce to meet the demands of the industry at times of peak employment. However, ADOLWD has worked with industry to develop the Oil & Gas Industry Workforce development plan (coming soon here) to ensure opportunities for Alaskans among the 270 different occupations needed in the oil and gas industry.


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The oil and gas industry

is responsible for 1 out

of every 3 jobs.



IndirectJobCreation The oil and gas industry is responsible for 1 out of every 3 jobs in Alaska (which includes non-oil and gas jobs). How does that work? Direct spending by oil and gas companies on goods, services, and wages creates substantial indirect employment and wages for Alaska residents. The primary oil and gas production, pipeline, and refinery companies impact Alaska’s economy in three ways – through spending with Alaska businesses, employment and payroll in Alaska, and payment of taxes and royalties. Spending money with Alaska businesses, like oil-field support service companies, creates indirect employment and payroll for those businesses. Primary company wages support jobs at Alaska businesses that provide goods and services that employees and their families need, like housing, transportation, and groceries. And finally, taxes and royalties paid by the primary oil and gas companies to the State of Alaska fund about 90% of the state’s spending money, which pays for capital projects, State programs, and wages and benefits for public employees like teachers, public safety officers, and other State of Alaska employees.

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Jobs created for every one

by the oil and gas industry.




Looking for a career in the oil and gas industry? Below are some helpful training and hiring resources. Additionally, individual companies typically post open positions on the company’s website.




SOURCES McDowell Economic Impact Report
Alaska Department of Labor
Senate Committee on Labor & Commerce: