Facts and Figures
Oil and Gas has Been Good to Alaska, Providing Jobs and Revenue
• The petroleum industry supports one-third of all Alaska jobs, generating 110,000 jobs throughout the state.
• For future generations, a portion of the state’s oil revenues was set aside in 1976. Now the Alaska Permanent Fund distributes an annual dividend to every eligible Alaskan.
• Since the annual dividend started being distributed in 1982, a family of four has received a total of $133,461.
• As of November 2014, the Alaska Permanent Fund was worth approximately $51.7 billion.
• A family of four received an estimated $22,000 in value from the oil industry in 2010.
• The State of Alaska has collected $157 billion (in today's dollars) from oil since 1959.
• Oil and gas revenues continue to dominate the state’s unrestricted revenue stream, accounting for 89 percent, or just over $6 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2010.
• Even with falling production, the state estimates 90 percent of its revenue will continue to come from the oil and gas industry.
Alaska has Oil – but Higher Taxes Leads to Less Produced
• Prudhoe Bay remains one of the largest oil field in North America, with four of the top 10 producing oil fields existing on the North Slope.
• Alaska’s waters are believed to contain more than 30 percent of the nation’s known recoverable offshore resources.
• Alaska’s oil and gas industry has produced more than 17 billion barrels of oil and 13 billion cubic feet of natural gas.
• The Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) is operating at only one-third of its capacity, and there has been a 39 percent decline in the past 10 years.
• Furthermore, production has dropped 68 percent since hitting a peak of 2 million barrels per day in 1988. It currently produces about 600,000 barrels per day. However, only one exploration well was drilled in 2011.