Statewide Unemployment Rate Unchanged at 6.5%

Alaska’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.5 percent in November, unchanged from September and October. The comparable national rate was 7 percent.
Locally, unemployment was at 7.6 percent this month, up from 7.1 percent last month, but down from 8 percent this time last year.


Alaska’s rate has been below the national rate for five full years, but the gap between the U.S.rate and Alaska’s has been slowly shrinking since 2010.


November’s not-seasonally adjusted rate increased three-tenths of a percentage point to 6.3 percent from October. This put  November’s rate slightly below this time last year, when it was 6.5 percent.


As is typical for this time of year, the unadjusted rate increased in 26 out of 29 boroughs and census areas. The largest increases were around the Denali Borough and Hoonah-Angoon Census Area.

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