Local Jobless Rate Drops Again, Still Higher Than Statewide Rate

The local jobless rate shrank by more than a half of a percentage point last month, however, the local rate remains higher than the statewide rate.


The State Department of Labor and Workforce Development say the May unemployment rate for the Kenai Peninsula Borough stood at 6.7 percent.  That compares to 7.4 percent in April, and is lower than last May when the unemployment stood at 8.0 percent.


The number of people without jobs on the Kenai Peninsula Borough shrank by 127 jobs between March and April, as the local workforce grew by 849 jobs in the same period.

Last month, state economists say that a total of 27,768 people were employed in the local area, compared to 26,919 in April.


Statewide, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for May is 5.9 percent, flat with the April rate of 5.9 percent.

Nationally, the unemployment rate rose slightly to 7.6 percent for May.


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