Department of Numbers

Alaska Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Alaska fell 0.2 percentage points in December 2014 to 6.3%. The state unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Alaska peaked in January 2010 at 8.2% and is now 1.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.3% in May 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Alaska unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.6% -0.2 -1.1
Alaska 6.3% -0.2 -0.1

Note: All comparisons are made with December data as January state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Alaska, National

Alaska monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to December 2014

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Alaska Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Alaska peaked in February 2010 at 29,440. There are now 6,381 fewer people unemployed in the state. Alaska job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Alaska 23,059 -872 -294

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Alaska from 1990 to December 2014

Alaska Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alaska
Unemployment Rate
Alaska
Unemployed
January 2015 5.7%
December 2014 5.6% 6.3% 23,059
November 2014 5.8% 6.5% 23,931
October 2014 5.7% 6.7% 24,684
September 2014 5.9% 6.8% 24,897
August 2014 6.1% 6.8% 24,776
July 2014 6.2% 6.5% 23,844
June 2014 6.1% 6.4% 23,358
May 2014 6.3% 6.3% 23,261
April 2014 6.2% 6.4% 23,472
March 2014 6.6% 6.6% 24,003
February 2014 6.7% 6.5% 23,614