The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development released the latest unemployment numbers on Friday. The unemployment rate in Alaska continued to be relatively flat for the month of July. The seasonally adjusted rate was 6.5 percent in July, up only one-tenth of a percent from June. The national average was 6.2 percent in July, which was also a one-tenth of a percent increase.
The summer season is in full swing and the not-seasonally adjusted rates reflect high employment throughout the state. Bristol Bay Borough reported a 1.0 percent unemployment rate due to a strong sockeye season this year. Summer fishing also accounted for large drops in the monthly rates in the Aleutians East Borough and the Dillingham Census Area, with 6.7 and 7.4 percent respectively.
The Wade Hampton Census Area continues to be the highest rate in the state. Their July unemployment rate was 26.2 percent.
For detailed employment estimates, visit http://live.laborstats.alaska.gov/ces/