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 2018 to 6.3%. The state unemployment rate was 2.4 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 1.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.3% in November 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Alaska unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.9% +0.2 -0.2
Alaska 6.3% 0.0 -0.9

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 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 6,556 fewer people unemployed in the state. Alaska job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Alaska 22,390 -79 -3,830

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Alaska Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alaska
Unemployment Rate
Alaska
Unemployed
January 2019 4.0%
December 2018 3.9% 6.3% 22,390
November 2018 3.7% 6.3% 22,469
October 2018 3.8% 6.4% 22,777
September 2018 3.7% 6.5% 23,337
August 2018 3.8% 6.7% 24,098
July 2018 3.9% 6.9% 24,919
June 2018 4.0% 7.1% 25,697
May 2018 3.8% 7.2% 26,248
April 2018 3.9% 7.3% 26,455
March 2018 4.0% 7.3% 26,412
February 2018 4.1% 7.3% 26,394