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Anchorage, Alaska Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Anchorage fell 0.0 percentage points in November 2017 to 6.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the Alaska rate. The unemployment rate in Anchorage peaked in October 2009 at 7.5% and is now 0.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.5% in January 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.1 percentage points. You can also compare Anchorage unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
Alaska 7.2% 0.0 +0.6
Anchorage 6.6% 0.0 +0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Anchorage, Alaska, National

Anchorage, Alaska monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Anchorage, Alaska Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Anchorage peaked in October 2009 at 14,740. There are now 1,312 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 11,140 in July 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,288. Anchorage employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Anchorage, Alaska) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Anchorage 13,428 -59 +1,374

Number of Unemployed Persons

Anchorage, Alaska Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alaska
Unemployment Rate
Anchorage
Unemployment Rate
Anchorage
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 7.2% 6.6% 13,428
October
2017
4.1% 7.2% 6.6% 13,487
September
2017
4.2% 7.2% 6.6% 13,643
August
2017
4.4% 7.2% 6.5% 13,468
July
2017
4.3% 7.0% 6.4% 13,300
June
2017
4.3% 6.8% 6.2% 12,899
May
2017
4.3% 6.7% 6.3% 12,972
April
2017
4.4% 6.6% 6.2% 12,775
March
2017
4.5% 6.4% 6.1% 12,439
February
2017
4.7% 6.4% 6.0% 12,196
January
2017
4.8% 6.5% 5.9% 11,981

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.