Alaska Unemployment Rates Information

Unemployment Rates In Alaska

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Alaska is 6.4 percent as of December 2013. In November 2013 it was 6.5 percent.

The National Rate for unemployment is 6.7 percent.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in comparison to the national unemployment rate has changed like this:


  • 6.4 percent on December, 2013.
  • 6.4 percent on November, 2013.
  • 6.6 percent on December, 2012.


  • 6.7 percent on December, 2013.
  • 7.0 percent on November, 2013.
  • 7.9 percent on December, 2012.

The top results per area are:

  • The North Slope Borough had the lowest rate in December at 3.9 percent.
  • Hoonah-Angoon Census Area had the highest rate in December at 21.3 percent.
  • Wade Hampton Census Area and Skagway also had rates above 20 percent; Wade Hampton Census Area has 20.8 and Skagway 20.4 percent.
  • The largest rate increases were in the Aleutians East Borough and Aleutians West Census Area, where rates increased 4.7 and 3.7 percentage points respectively.

* Data results by the Alaska Department of Labor (DLO) and Workforce Development, Research and Analysis Section and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

For specific data per area you can go here.

Preliminary data provided by the State of Alaska Department of Labor shows:

  • Alaska’s job growth slowed to 0.5 percent in 2013.
  • Alaska is expected to add jobs at a rate of 0.4 percent this year 2014.

*If this takes place, 2014 would be the fifth straight year of employment increases since the 2009 downturn, even though the growth will be at a lower rate than the state’s 10-year average.

To contact DLO Research and Analysis directly for questions:

Phone: 907.465.4500
Fax: 907.465.2101 or 907.465.4506

Physical Address:
1111 W. 8th Street, Room 301
Juneau, AK 99801

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 115501
Juneau, AK 99811-5501

Physical Address:
3301 Eagle Street, Ste 202
Anchorage, AK 99803
Fax: 907-269-4870

To help individuals find jobs, the state of Alaska offers the Alaska Job Center Network. You can contact the network toll-free at 1-877-724-2539 or visit: is a privately owned website that is not owned or operated by any government agency.