Alaska's unemployment rate is highest in the nation

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Data sourced from the United States Department of Labor and the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

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The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was at 6.7 percent, in May, according to the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development. This makes Alaska the state with the highest rate of unemployment, in the country.

In comparison, the national rate was at 4.3 percent, in May.

Since April, there was a 0.1 percent increase in unemployment, statewide. And compared to one full year ago, in May 2016, Alaska's labor force was down by 6,000 jobs, or 1.8 percent.

Anchorage's unadjusted unemployment rate changed from 6.4 percent, in April, to 6.3 percent, in May. And in 2016, data indicates that Anchorage's May employment rate was at 5.9 percent.

The two lowest tied-rates of unadjusted unemployment were in the cities and boroughs of Juneau and Sitka, at 4.1 percent. The Municipality of Skagway also had relatively low unemployment, at a rate of 4.2 percent. While the highest rate of unemployment was in the Kusilvak Census Area, at 21.1 percent.

Compared to unemployment rates of May 2016, Sitka decreased its unemployment rate by 0.2 percent, while Juneau's rates remained the same. And in the Kusilvak Census Area, rates of unemployment decreased by 1.6 percent.

[Read more on February 2017 unemployment rates, here]

As a whole, unadjusted unemployment rates increased in 10 census areas and boroughs, decreased in 17 and remained static in two.

The lowest rates of unemployment conjugated in areas with summer visitors, especially in the Southeast, according to ADOLWD.



 
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