Department of Numbers

Alaska Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Alaska fell 0.2 percentage points in August 2021 to 6.4%. The state unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Alaska peaked in April 2020 at 11.8% and is now 5.4 percentage points lower. You can also see Alaska unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate August 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.2% -0.2 -3.2
Alaska 6.4% -0.2 -0.8

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

Unemployment Rate: Alaska, National

Alaska monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to August 2021

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Alaska Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Alaska peaked in April 2020 at 40,680. There are now 18,170 fewer people unemployed in the state. Alaska job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Alaska 22,510 -604 -1,563

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Alaska from 1990 to August 2021

Alaska Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alaska
Unemployment Rate
Alaska
Unemployed
September 2021 4.8%
August 2021 5.2% 6.4% 22,510
July 2021 5.4% 6.6% 23,114
June 2021 5.9% 6.6% 23,130
May 2021 5.8% 6.6% 23,216
April 2021 6.1% 6.7% 23,356
March 2021 6.0% 6.7% 23,355
February 2021 6.2% 6.6% 23,305
January 2021 6.3% 6.6% 23,585
December 2020 6.7% 6.5% 23,147
November 2020 6.7% 6.5% 23,002
October 2020 6.9% 6.5% 22,904