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Anchorage, Alaska Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Anchorage rose 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 5.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the Alaska rate. The unemployment rate in Anchorage peaked in October 2009 at 7.5% and is now 1.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.6% in November 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Anchorage unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Alaska 6.4% -0.1 -0.8
Anchorage 5.7% +0.1 -1.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 October 2009 at 14,740. There are now 3,400 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 11,184 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 156. Anchorage employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Anchorage, Alaska) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Anchorage 11,340 +156 -2,297

Number of Unemployed Persons

Anchorage, Alaska Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alaska
Unemployment Rate
Anchorage
Unemployment Rate
Anchorage
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 6.4% 5.7% 11,340
September
2018
3.7% 6.5% 5.6% 11,184
August
2018
3.9% 6.7% 5.7% 11,291
July
2018
3.9% 6.9% 5.8% 11,595
June
2018
4.0% 7.1% 6.1% 12,227
May
2018
3.8% 7.2% 6.5% 13,063
April
2018
3.9% 7.3% 6.7% 13,511
March
2018
4.1% 7.3% 6.6% 13,420
February
2018
4.1% 7.3% 6.7% 13,603
January
2018
4.1% 7.3% 6.7% 13,478
December
2017
4.1% 7.2% 6.7% 13,464

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.