Department of Numbers

Alaska Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Alaska fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2016 to 6.7%. The state unemployment rate was 2.0 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 1.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.4% in January 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also see Alaska unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% +0.1 -0.3
Alaska 6.7% -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 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 4,974 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 23,328 in February 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 654. Alaska job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Alaska 23,982 -410 -63

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Alaska Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alaska
Unemployment Rate
Alaska
Unemployed
January 2017 4.8%
December 2016 4.7% 6.7% 23,982
November 2016 4.6% 6.8% 24,392
October 2016 4.8% 6.9% 24,629
September 2016 4.9% 6.8% 24,647
August 2016 4.9% 6.8% 24,311
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