Alaska’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.6 percent for February, up one tenth of a percentage from January. The comparable national rate remained flat at 6.7 percent.
For the first time since the 2008 recession, it looks like the national unemployment rate may soon drop below Alaska’s. The State Department of Labor says the statistics show that the national economy is continuing to recover, while Alaska’s job market continues along historical averages.
This time last year, the Alaska unemployment rate was 6.4 percent. Nationally, things were worse last year when the comparable rate was 7.5 percent.
The Kenai Peninsula unemployment rate fell roughly in the center of the state’s averages, with 8.8 percent of the local population listed as unemployed in March.
The highest regional unemployment rate was 25.7 percent in the Hoonah-Angoon census area, the lowest was 4.5 percent in the North Slope Borough.