Department of Numbers

Alaska Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Alaska fell 0.1 percentage points in January 2017 to 6.5%. The state unemployment rate was 1.7 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 1.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.4% in January 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see Alaska unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.8% +0.1 -0.1
Alaska 6.5% -0.1 0.0

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

Unemployment Rate: Alaska, National

Alaska monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to January 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 5,539 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 23,188 in June 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 229. Alaska job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Alaska 23,417 -180 -242

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Alaska Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alaska
Unemployment Rate
Alaska
Unemployed
February 2017 4.7%
January 2017 4.8% 6.5% 23,417
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
July 2016 4.9% 6.7% 24,031
June 2016 4.9% 6.7% 24,020
May 2016 4.7% 6.6% 23,949
April 2016 5.0% 6.6% 23,851
March 2016 5.0% 6.6% 23,766