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Anchorage, Alaska Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Anchorage fell 0.2 percentage points in November 2021 to 5.5%. 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 12.7% and is now 7.2 percentage points lower. You can also compare Anchorage unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
Alaska 6.0% -0.1 -0.5
Anchorage 5.5% -0.2 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 data as December 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 24,799. There are now 13,880 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Anchorage employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Anchorage, Alaska) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Anchorage 10,919 -373 -1,501

Number of Unemployed Persons

Anchorage, Alaska Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alaska
Unemployment Rate
Anchorage
Unemployment Rate
Anchorage
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 6.0% 5.5% 10,919
October
2021
4.6% 6.1% 5.7% 11,292
September
2021
4.7% 6.3% 5.9% 11,621
August
2021
5.2% 6.4% 6.1% 11,969
July
2021
5.4% 6.6% 6.2% 12,286
June
2021
5.9% 6.6% 6.3% 12,360
May
2021
5.8% 6.6% 6.3% 12,410
April
2021
6.0% 6.7% 6.3% 12,421
March
2021
6.0% 6.7% 6.3% 12,311
February
2021
6.2% 6.6% 6.3% 12,298
January
2021
6.4% 6.6% 6.3% 12,471

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.