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Alaska employment: 328,800 jobs, keeping unemployment steady at 4.6 percent in April

The total number of non-farm jobs in April was 328,800, more than 4,000 more than in March and an increase of 9,000 compared to April 2023. The jobs added in the past year represent a growth of 2.8 percent. Private sector employment has grown 3.2 percent since last year, outpacing government job growth of 1.6 percent.

The information services sector remained stable month-on-month, but the decline from 4,600 jobs a year ago to 4,400 in April represents a contraction of 4.3 percent. Retail was the only other industry to lose jobs on a year-over-year basis, down from 34,900 to 34,700, yet retail employment was up 200 in April compared to March.

The construction sector saw the largest percentage increase, with 17 percent more jobs in April than the year before, from 15,300 to 17,900. These 2,600 new jobs exceeded strong growth in the healthcare and transportation, warehousing and utilities sectors.