Department of Numbers

Alaska Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Alaska rose 0.1 percentage points in March 2014 to 6.6%. The state unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Alaska peaked in January 2010 at 8.2% and is now 1.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.4% in March 2013, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also see Alaska unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate March 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% 0.0 -0.8
Alaska 6.6% +0.1 +0.2

Unemployment Rate: Alaska, National

Alaska monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to March 2014

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Alaska Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Alaska peaked in February 2010 at 29,440. There are now 5,287 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 23,203 in January 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 950. Alaska job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Alaska 24,153 +539 +691

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Alaska from 1990 to March 2014

Alaska Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alaska
Unemployment Rate
Alaska
Unemployed
March 2014 6.7% 6.6% 24,153
February 2014 6.7% 6.5% 23,614
January 2014 6.6% 6.4% 23,203
December 2013 6.7% 6.4% 23,353
November 2013 7.0% 6.5% 23,637
October 2013 7.2% 6.6% 23,924
September 2013 7.2% 6.6% 24,181
August 2013 7.2% 6.7% 24,348
July 2013 7.3% 6.7% 24,298
June 2013 7.5% 6.6% 24,020
May 2013 7.5% 6.5% 23,689
April 2013 7.5% 6.4% 23,478
March 2013 7.5% 6.4% 23,462