Department of Numbers

Alaska Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Alaska fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2021 to 6.6%. The state unemployment rate was 0.4 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 5.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.5% in October 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see Alaska unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Alaska 6.6% 0.0 +1.5

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

Unemployment Rate: Alaska, National

Alaska monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to February 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 17,372 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 22,904 in October 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 404. Alaska job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Alaska 23,308 -277 +5,391

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Alaska Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alaska
Unemployment Rate
Alaska
Unemployed
March 2021 6.0%
February 2021 6.2% 6.6% 23,308
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
September 2020 7.8% 7.0% 23,272
August 2020 8.4% 7.2% 24,073
July 2020 10.2% 11.0% 37,841
June 2020 11.1% 11.3% 39,132
May 2020 13.3% 11.6% 40,112
April 2020 14.8% 11.8% 40,680