Department of Numbers

Alaska Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Alaska rose 0.1 percentage points in July 2014 to 6.5%. The state unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Alaska peaked in January 2010 at 8.2% and is now 1.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.3% in May 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also see Alaska unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate July 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% +0.1 -1.1
Alaska 6.5% +0.1 -0.2

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

Unemployment Rate: Alaska, National

Alaska monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to July 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 5,457 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 23,203 in January 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 780. Alaska job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Alaska 23,983 +625 -315

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Alaska Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alaska
Unemployment Rate
Alaska
Unemployed
August 2014 6.1%
July 2014 6.2% 6.5% 23,983
June 2014 6.1% 6.4% 23,358
May 2014 6.3% 6.3% 23,261
April 2014 6.3% 6.4% 23,472
March 2014 6.7% 6.6% 24,003
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