Department of Numbers

Alaska Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Alaska rose 0.1 percentage points in August 2016 to 6.8%. The state unemployment rate was 1.9 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 1.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.4% in January 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also see Alaska unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate August 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% 0.0 -0.2
Alaska 6.8% +0.1 +0.3

Unemployment Rate: Alaska, National

Alaska monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to August 2016

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Alaska Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Alaska peaked in January 2010 at 28,956. There are now 4,586 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 23,328 in February 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,042. Alaska job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Alaska 24,370 +139 +729

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Alaska from 1990 to August 2016

Alaska Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alaska
Unemployment Rate
Alaska
Unemployed
August 2016 4.9% 6.8% 24,370
July 2016 4.9% 6.7% 24,231
June 2016 4.9% 6.7% 24,099
May 2016 4.7% 6.7% 24,196
April 2016 5.0% 6.6% 23,960
March 2016 5.0% 6.6% 23,871
February 2016 4.9% 6.6% 23,905
January 2016 4.9% 6.6% 23,898
December 2015 5.0% 6.6% 24,045
November 2015 5.0% 6.6% 23,967
October 2015 5.0% 6.6% 23,870
September 2015 5.1% 6.5% 23,758