Alaska added about 1,700 jobs since June 2018

ANCHORAGE, (KTUU) - Things are looking up for job-seekers.

The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development says Alaska’s employment was up an estimated 0.5 percent in June, or 1,700 jobs, from June 2018.

Construction added the largest number of jobs over the year (700), followed by oil and gas (500).

Manufacturing, which is mostly seafood processing, was up 400 jobs.

Financial activities fell by 400 jobs, and the information sector and the “other services” category each lost 200.

Alaska had 200 more federal jobs than in June of last year, but on the other side of the coin, the local government lost 200 jobs and state government lost 100.

Alaska’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 6.4 percent while the comparable national rate increased to 3.7 percent.

The rural Kusilvak Census Area, which has high year-round unemployment had the state’s highest rate at 23.2 percent. Rates were low in the urban centers at 5.2 percent in Anchorage, 5.4 percent in Fairbanks and 4.3 percent in Juneau.

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