Alaska seafood harvesting employment declines in 2016

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The November edition of Alaska Economic Trends published by the Research and Analysis Unit in the State Department of Labor and Workforce Development looks at commercial fishing employment.

    Economist Joshua Warren, who penned the article, looked at the change in employment from 2015 to 2016.   He said there was a decrease in seafood harvesting employment.  "It was mostly taken from salmon harvesting which fell quite a bit.  We're still above historical averages.  It looked like it was because fewer permit holders were out fishing and so fewer permit holders means fewer crew as well."

    Warren said salmon harvesting employment fell by 6 point 4 percent in 2016, a loss of 323 jobs.  The level of employment declined in most regions, except Southcentral, where it grew slightly, according to Warren.  In Southeast, the number of jobs declined by 52 in 2016.

    After reaching just over 5,000 total jobs in 2013, statewide salmon employment hovered around that level for the next two years before declining to 4,714 last year.

    The level of employment in other fisheries was stable although the crab fisheries lost 107 jobs in 2016 or 18 point 7 percent.

    The economist was among the guests on Action Line Tuesday


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