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Outlays—Per Capita
Outlays—Big Items
Outlays—History
Outlays—Rankings
Jobs and Payroll—Per Capita
Jobs and Payroll—Big Items
Jobs and Payroll—History
Jobs and Payroll—Rank
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4. Comparisons to Other States

4.6 Jobs and Payroll—Big Items

If the concentration of public sector jobs in Alaska had been equal to the U.S. average in 1997, public employment (state and local government combined) would have been 32,361. The extra Alaska jobs in excess of the U.S. average amounted to 13,129.

"Extra" Alaska Public Employment (State+Local) in 1997

 
Jobs
Jobs per 10K pop
FTE Jobs (State+Local)
45,490
747
FTE Jobs at U.S. Avg Rate
32,361
541
EXTRA FTE Jobs
13,129
-
Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Governmental Finances. FTE is "full-time equivalent."

This "extra" Alaska employment was distributed across most functions of government.

Extra Alaska Public Employment (State and Local) in 1997 Top 10 Categories
 
Alaska
Alaska at U.S. Avg Rate
Alaska Extra
K-12 Education
16,258
12,570
3,688

Other and Unallocable

3,451
1,059
2,392
Streets and Highways
3,333
1,208
2,125
Natural Resources
2,128
420
1,708
Financial Administration
1,800
821
979
Public Welfare
2,034
1,081
953
Other Government Administration
1,323
570
753
Higher Education
4,246
3,730
516
Judicial and Legal
1,275
782
493
Electric Power
563
179
384
Housing and Community Development
594
262
332
Sources: U.S. Department of Commerce, Governmental Finances, and ISER.

 

Extra Alaska Public Employment (State+Local) in 1997
Bottom 10 Categories
 
Alaska
Alaska at U.S. Avg Rate
Alaska Extra
Libraries
282
250
32
Water Supply
378
350
28
Air Transportation
77
84
(7)
State Liquor Stores
0
16
(16)
Gas Supply
0
22
(22)
Fire
567
631
(64)
Corrections
1,309
1,477
(168)
Transit
241
434
(193)
Police
1,604
1,818
(214)
Hospitals
708
2,241
(1,533)
Sources: U.S. Department of Commerce, Governmental Finances, and ISER.

 

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