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Anchorage, Alaska Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Anchorage fell 0.2 percentage points in April 2022 to 4.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the Alaska rate. The unemployment rate in Anchorage peaked in April 2020 at 12.3% and is now 7.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare Anchorage unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
Alaska 4.9% 0.0 -2.1
Anchorage 4.4% -0.2 -2.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2022 data as May metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Anchorage, Alaska, National

Anchorage, Alaska monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Anchorage, Alaska Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Anchorage peaked in May 2020 at 23,497. There are now 14,475 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Anchorage employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Anchorage, Alaska) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Anchorage 9,022 -302 -4,493

Number of Unemployed Persons

Anchorage, Alaska Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alaska
Unemployment Rate
Anchorage
Unemployment Rate
Anchorage
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 4.9% 4.4% 9,022
March
2022
3.6% 4.9% 4.6% 9,324
February
2022
3.8% 5.3% 4.8% 9,800
January
2022
4.0% 5.6% 5.0% 10,221
December
2021
3.9% 5.5% 5.2% 10,559
November
2021
4.2% 5.5% 5.2% 10,484
October
2021
4.6% 5.7% 5.2% 10,493
September
2021
4.7% 5.9% 5.4% 10,878
August
2021
5.2% 6.3% 5.7% 11,470
July
2021
5.4% 6.5% 6.1% 12,178
June
2021
5.9% 6.8% 6.4% 12,819

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.