Department of Numbers

Alaska Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Alaska fell 0.0 percentage points in December 2019 to 6.1%. The state unemployment rate was 2.6 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 1.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.1% in November 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Alaska unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% 0.0 -0.4
Alaska 6.1% 0.0 -0.4

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

Unemployment Rate: Alaska, National

Alaska monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to December 2019

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Alaska Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Alaska peaked in January 2010 at 28,946. There are now 7,760 fewer people unemployed in the state. Alaska job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Alaska 21,186 -159 -1,866

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Alaska from 1990 to December 2019

Alaska Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alaska
Unemployment Rate
Alaska
Unemployed
January 2020 3.6%
December 2019 3.5% 6.1% 21,186
November 2019 3.5% 6.1% 21,345
October 2019 3.6% 6.2% 21,494
September 2019 3.5% 6.2% 21,701
August 2019 3.7% 6.2% 21,808
July 2019 3.7% 6.3% 22,054
June 2019 3.7% 6.4% 22,358
May 2019 3.6% 6.4% 22,680
April 2019 3.6% 6.5% 22,889
March 2019 3.8% 6.5% 23,121
February 2019 3.8% 6.5% 23,084