Schools, state government are area's top employers

Posted: Saturday, March 02, 2002

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District remains the borough's top employer, followed by the state, according to statistics compiled by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development for 1999, the most recent yearly stats available. The federal and borough governments were ousted from the second and third slots by Unocal, which now holds the position of being the borough's No. 2 employer.

The biggest private employers were Safeway, Peak Oilfield Services and Fred Meyer. Both borough hospitals made the list. Central Peninsula General Hospital fell in at No. 8, and South Peninsula Hospital came in 10th.

The borough's top 10 wage-and-salary employers and the number of jobs they provided in 1999 were:

Kenai Peninsula School Districts, 1,435

State of Alaska, 787

Union of California (Unocal), 411

U.S. Government, 391

Kenai Peninsula Borough, 355

Safeway (including former Carr Gottstein stores), 337

Peak Oilfield Services, 316

Central Peninsula General Hospital, 293

Fred Meyer, 236

South Peninsula Hospital, 228

Wage-and-salary job tallies do not include self-employed workers such as commercial fishers or bed-and-breakfast operators.

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