Sitka's labor force is highly educated and considered to be industrious, creative and independent minded. Sitkans are also well connected to the Internet with DSL and cable modem services utilizing a new fiberoptic connection to the lower 48.
Sitka is fortunate to be able to embrace and nurture several economic engines which make it the most diversified economy in Alaska: healthcare, education, tourism, government, and seafood processing. Sitka is best known for the quality, quantity and variety of seafood harvested in Sitka waters and processed by four major fish processing companies. In 2010, Sitka ranked as the 10th largest port in the United States for the ex-vessel value of seafood harvested.
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Labor and Employment
Sitka has one of the region's most diversified economies. Health care (16.8%), seafood (12.8%), government (15.3%), and services (14.3%) provide the highest percentage of local employment. According to Juneau-based economic consultants, the McDowell Group, with this well-balanced economy Sitka has compensated to some degree for economic hardship brought on by declining basic industries, particularly forest products that once supported Sitka's economy.
Sitka residents have a higher than average level of educational attainment.
|High School Graduate or Higher||Bachelor’s Degree or Higher|
Average Total Labor Force 2010 = 4,684
Average Unemployment Rate 2010 = 6.3%
Alaska minimum wage is $7.75 per hour
Major Employers (2010 data)
Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) = 482
Sitka School District = 250
US Coast Guard = 209
City and Borough of Sitka = 179
Sitka Community Hospital = 176
Mt. Edgecumbe High School = 154
Hames Corporation = 150
Sitka Tribe of Alaska = 134
Sitka Pioneers' Home = 105
University of Alaska Southeast = 87
Alaska Commercial Company/Lakeside Grocery = 75
US Forest Service = 75 (down from 109 in 2006)
Westmark Hotels Inc. = 50
Alaska Airlines Inc. = 47
Sitka Sound Seafoods = Winter 50 / Peak 350
Silver Bay Seafoods = Winter 25 / Peak 220
Seafood Producers Cooperative = Winter 25 / Peak 120
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* Numbers are based on average monthly employment (full-time, part-time, and temporary)
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