Department of Numbers

Alaska Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Alaska rose 0.2 percentage points in July 2017 to 7.0%. The state unemployment rate was 2.7 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 1.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.4% in January 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also see Alaska unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate July 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.3% -0.1 -0.6
Alaska 7.0% +0.2 +0.3

Unemployment Rate: Alaska, National

Alaska monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to July 2017

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Alaska Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Alaska peaked in January 2010 at 28,956. There are now 3,204 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 23,188 in June 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,564. Alaska job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Alaska 25,752 +640 +1,721

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Alaska from 1990 to July 2017

Alaska Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alaska
Unemployment Rate
Alaska
Unemployed
July 2017 4.3% 7.0% 25,752
June 2017 4.4% 6.8% 25,112
May 2017 4.3% 6.7% 24,636
April 2017 4.4% 6.6% 24,023
March 2017 4.5% 6.4% 23,434
February 2017 4.7% 6.4% 23,288
January 2017 4.8% 6.5% 23,401
December 2016 4.7% 6.6% 23,597
November 2016 4.6% 6.6% 23,691
October 2016 4.8% 6.6% 23,796
September 2016 4.9% 6.6% 23,898
August 2016 4.9% 6.7% 23,983