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Anchorage, Alaska Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Anchorage fell 1.8 percentage points in May 2020 to 13.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the Alaska rate. The unemployment rate in Anchorage peaked in April 2020 at 14.8% and is now 1.8 percentage points lower. You can also compare Anchorage unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Alaska 12.6% -0.9 +6.4
Anchorage 13.0% -1.8 +7.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 April 2020 at 28,340. There are now 3,798 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Anchorage employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Anchorage, Alaska) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Anchorage 24,542 -3,798 +13,825

Number of Unemployed Persons

Anchorage, Alaska Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alaska
Unemployment Rate
Anchorage
Unemployment Rate
Anchorage
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1%
May
2020
13.3% 12.6% 13.0% 24,542
April
2020
14.7% 13.5% 14.8% 28,340
March
2020
4.4% 5.2% 5.5% 10,641
February
2020
3.5% 5.8% 5.2% 10,059
January
2020
3.6% 6.0% 5.4% 10,466
December
2019
3.5% 6.1% 5.4% 10,465
November
2019
3.5% 6.1% 5.5% 10,530
October
2019
3.6% 6.1% 5.5% 10,598
September
2019
3.5% 6.2% 5.5% 10,666
August
2019
3.7% 6.2% 5.5% 10,720
July
2019
3.7% 6.2% 5.5% 10,748

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.