The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development released the latest unemployment numbers today. The unemployment rate in Alaska remained virtually unchanged for the month of June. The seasonally adjusted rate was 6.4 percent in June, up slightly from 6.3 percent in May. The national average was 6.1 percent in June. Alaska is back to the pre-recession levels and has remained fairly steady since January 2013.
As expected, areas with highly seasonal work showed a reduction in the unemployment rate. The lowest rate was in the Municipality of Skagway at 1.4 percent. Bristol Bay Borough was also very low at 1.9 percent. The Wade Hampton Census Area held steady with the highest rate in the state. Their June unemployment rate was 26.1 percent.
For detailed employment estimates, visit http://live.laborstats.alaska.gov/ces/