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Anchorage, Alaska Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Anchorage fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2018 to 6.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the Alaska rate. The unemployment rate in Anchorage peaked in October 2009 at 7.5% and is now 0.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.5% in January 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.2 percentage points. You can also compare Anchorage unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
Alaska 7.3% 0.0 +0.3
Anchorage 6.7% 0.0 +0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2018 data as March 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 1,098 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 11,140 in July 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,502. Anchorage employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Anchorage, Alaska) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Anchorage 13,642 +76 +1,446

Number of Unemployed Persons

Anchorage, Alaska Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alaska
Unemployment Rate
Anchorage
Unemployment Rate
Anchorage
Unemployed
March
2018
4.1%
February
2018
4.1% 7.3% 6.7% 13,642
January
2018
4.1% 7.3% 6.7% 13,566
December
2017
4.1% 7.2% 6.7% 13,594
November
2017
4.1% 7.2% 6.6% 13,419
October
2017
4.1% 7.2% 6.6% 13,487
September
2017
4.2% 7.2% 6.6% 13,643
August
2017
4.4% 7.2% 6.5% 13,468
July
2017
4.3% 7.2% 6.4% 13,300
June
2017
4.3% 7.2% 6.2% 12,899
May
2017
4.3% 7.1% 6.3% 12,972
April
2017
4.4% 7.1% 6.2% 12,775

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.