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Anchorage, Alaska Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Anchorage fell 0.1 percentage points in July 2019 to 5.6%. 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 August 2009 at 7.4% 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 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Anchorage unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
Alaska 6.3% -0.1 -0.3
Anchorage 5.6% -0.1 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 data as August 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 14,559. There are now 3,547 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Anchorage employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Anchorage, Alaska) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Anchorage 11,012 -139 -926

Number of Unemployed Persons

Anchorage, Alaska Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alaska
Unemployment Rate
Anchorage
Unemployment Rate
Anchorage
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 6.2%
July
2019
3.7% 6.3% 5.6% 11,012
June
2019
3.7% 6.4% 5.7% 11,151
May
2019
3.6% 6.4% 5.7% 11,282
April
2019
3.6% 6.5% 5.8% 11,374
March
2019
3.8% 6.5% 5.8% 11,559
February
2019
3.8% 6.5% 5.9% 11,589
January
2019
4.0% 6.5% 5.9% 11,654
December
2018
3.9% 6.5% 5.9% 11,694
November
2018
3.7% 6.5% 5.9% 11,689
October
2018
3.8% 6.5% 5.9% 11,706

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.