Department of Numbers

Alaska Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Alaska fell 0.1 percentage points in May 2018 to 7.2%. The state unemployment rate was 3.4 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 6.5% in December 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.7 percentage points. You can also see Alaska unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.1 -0.5
Alaska 7.2% -0.1 +0.1

Unemployment Rate: Alaska, National

Alaska monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 2018

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Alaska Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Alaska peaked in January 2010 at 28,946. There are now 2,695 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 23,535 in February 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,716. Alaska job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Alaska 26,251 -204 +376

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Alaska from 1990 to May 2018

Alaska Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alaska
Unemployment Rate
Alaska
Unemployed
May 2018 3.8% 7.2% 26,251
April 2018 3.9% 7.3% 26,455
March 2018 4.1% 7.3% 26,412
February 2018 4.1% 7.3% 26,394
January 2018 4.1% 7.3% 26,311
December 2017 4.1% 7.2% 26,220
November 2017 4.1% 7.2% 26,234
October 2017 4.1% 7.2% 26,265
September 2017 4.2% 7.2% 26,283
August 2017 4.4% 7.2% 26,262
July 2017 4.3% 7.2% 26,180
June 2017 4.3% 7.2% 26,036