Department of Numbers

Alaska Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Alaska rose 2.2 percentage points in November 2020 to 8.1%. The state unemployment rate was 1.4 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Alaska peaked in April 2020 at 13.5% and is now 5.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.9% in October 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 2.2 percentage points. You can also see Alaska unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Alaska 8.1% +2.2 +2.0

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

Unemployment Rate: Alaska, National

Alaska monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to November 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Alaska Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Alaska peaked in April 2020 at 45,776. There are now 17,019 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 20,756 in October 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 8,001. Alaska job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Alaska 28,757 +8,001 +7,519

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Alaska from 1990 to November 2020

Alaska Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alaska
Unemployment Rate
Alaska
Unemployed
December 2020 6.7%
November 2020 6.7% 8.1% 28,757
October 2020 6.9% 5.9% 20,756
September 2020 7.8% 7.2% 23,963
August 2020 8.4% 7.4% 24,217
July 2020 10.2% 11.6% 39,672
June 2020 11.1% 12.4% 42,709
May 2020 13.3% 12.7% 42,378
April 2020 14.8% 13.5% 45,776
March 2020 4.4% 5.2% 18,015
February 2020 3.5% 5.8% 20,095
January 2020 3.5% 6.0% 20,931