Department of Numbers

Alaska Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Alaska rose 0.2 percentage points in March 2015 to 6.5%. The state unemployment rate was 1.0 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 March 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.5% 0.0 -1.1
Alaska 6.5% +0.2 -0.4

Unemployment Rate: Alaska, National

Alaska monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to March 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 5,034 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 22,938 in January 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 984. Alaska job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Alaska 23,922 +718 -1,359

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Alaska Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alaska
Unemployment Rate
Alaska
Unemployed
March 2015 5.5% 6.5% 23,922
February 2015 5.5% 6.3% 23,204
January 2015 5.7% 6.3% 22,938
December 2014 5.6% 6.4% 23,464
November 2014 5.8% 6.5% 23,929
October 2014 5.7% 6.7% 24,417
September 2014 5.9% 6.8% 24,895
August 2014 6.1% 6.9% 25,287
July 2014 6.2% 6.9% 25,530
June 2014 6.1% 7.0% 25,603
May 2014 6.3% 6.9% 25,531
April 2014 6.2% 6.9% 25,400