Department of Numbers

Alaska Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Alaska fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2017 to 7.2%. The state unemployment rate was 3.1 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 0.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.4% in January 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.8 percentage points. You can also see Alaska unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% -0.1 -0.7
Alaska 7.2% 0.0 +0.6

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

Unemployment Rate: Alaska, National

Alaska monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to October 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 2,793 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 23,188 in June 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,975. Alaska job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Alaska 26,163 -72 +2,367

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Alaska Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alaska
Unemployment Rate
Alaska
Unemployed
November 2017 4.1%
October 2017 4.1% 7.2% 26,163
September 2017 4.2% 7.2% 26,235
August 2017 4.4% 7.2% 26,146
July 2017 4.3% 7.0% 25,741
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