More people looking for jobs, according to the Alaska Department of Workforce and Labor Development

ANCHORAGE (KTUU)- Alaska has the highest rates of unemployment in the nation, according to a report from December 2017, from the United States Department of Labor.

The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in December 2017 was at 7.3 percent, according to the United States Department of Labor.

The national rate in December was at 4.1 percent.

That's a lot of groundwork to say that when a new business comes to down, like Dave & Buster's, it gets a massive amount of applicants.

Oso Adams, Dave and Buster's general manager said the company has received 1,300 applications for 280 positions.

"I'm glad we can turn around and say I am looking for 280 employees to work for us so they have a paycheck and they can continue to move and live as well," said Adams.

Neal Fried, an economist with the Alaska Department of Workforce and Labor Development said Alaska's unemployment rate has risen.

"In some ways, our job market is softer, we are entering our third year of a rescission our unemployment rate here is a little higher than it was a year ago," said Fried.

Fried said there are more people looking for jobs than this time last year.

"There are fewer people employed today than there was a year ago. So that tells us to some extent that the market is going be softer," said Fried.

Fried said, Alaska is expected to have 1,000 job losses this year and unemployment should be slowly decreasing.

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