April Jobless Numbers Flat for Alaska


The state of Alaska’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April was 6.9 percent, unchanged from 7.0 percent in March.


The comparable national rate was 8.1 percent, down one-tenth of a percentage point.


The Jobless rate for both the U.S. and Alaska have both declined gradually but consistently in recent months, although unlike Alaska’s rate, the U.S. rate remains significantly higher than pre-recession levels.


Job numbers show the same pattern.

U.S. employment is still about five million below its January 2008 peak, while


Alaska quickly recovered after the mild job losses of 2009. Early estimates for 2012 show a continuing trend of modest job growth inAlaska.


Unemployment rates around the state, which are not seasonally adjusted, fell in all but one region in April as the labor market geared up for summer. Juneau’s rate of 4.8 percent was the state’s lowest, and the Wade Hampton Census Area’s was highest at 21.4 percent.


Rates tend to decline over the spring and summer as many Alaskans take seasonal jobs in fishing, seafood processing, construction and tourism.

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