Department of Numbers

Alaska Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Alaska rose 0.1 percentage points in December 2015 to 6.5%. The state unemployment rate was 1.5 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Alaska peaked in August 2009 at 8.0% and is now 1.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.3% in January 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also see Alaska unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
Alaska 6.5% +0.1 +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 2015

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Alaska Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Alaska peaked in January 2010 at 28,956. There are now 5,287 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 22,938 in January 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 731. Alaska job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Alaska 23,669 +344 +205

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Alaska from 1990 to December 2015

Alaska Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alaska
Unemployment Rate
Alaska
Unemployed
January 2016 4.9%
December 2015 5.0% 6.5% 23,669
November 2015 5.0% 6.4% 23,325
October 2015 5.0% 6.4% 23,307
September 2015 5.1% 6.4% 23,329
August 2015 5.1% 6.6% 23,829
July 2015 5.3% 6.7% 24,453
June 2015 5.3% 6.8% 24,821
May 2015 5.5% 6.7% 24,723
April 2015 5.4% 6.7% 24,543
March 2015 5.5% 6.5% 23,906
February 2015 5.5% 6.3% 23,204