December 2015
Preliminary1 Unemployment Rate

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Not Seasonally Adjusted
Unemployment Rates
U.S., Alaska, and Borough and Census Areas
 
Area
Unemployment Rate
United States 4.8%
Alaska 6.6%
Aleutians East Borough 6.2%
Aleutians West Census Area 5.9%
Anchorage, Municipality of 4.9%
Bethel Census Area 13.5%
Bristol Bay Borough 10.9%
Denali Borough 19.4%
Dillingham Census Area 11.0%
Fairbanks North Star Borough 5.6%
Haines Borough 13.2%
Hoonah-Angoon Census Area 17.6%
Juneau, City and Borough of 4.7%
Kenai Peninsula Borough 8.4%
Ketchikan Gateway Borough 7.5%
Kodiak Island Borough 6.8%
Kusilvak Census Area 20.6%
Lake and Peninsula Borough 14.1%
Matanuska-Susitna Borough 8.1%
Nome Census Area 10.8%
North Slope Borough 4.7%
Northwest Arctic Borough 14.8%
Petersburg Census Area 10.5%
Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area 12.5%
Sitka, City and Borough of 5.5%
Skagway, Municipality of 22.6%
Southeast Fairbanks Census Area 11.5%
Valdez-Cordova Census Area 10.4%
Wrangell, City and Borough of 9.5%
Yakutat, City and Borough of 10.9%
Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 17.2%
Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA)
 
Area
Unemployment Rate
Anchorage/Mat-Su MSA 5.6%
Fairbanks MSA 5.6%
Alaska's Economic Regions
 
Area
Unemployment Rate
Anchorage/Mat-Su Economic Region 5.6%
Gulf Coast Economic Region 8.4%
Interior Economic Region 6.7%
Northern Economic Region 9.5%
Southeast Economic Region 7.2%
Southwest Economic Region 12.5%
Seasonally Adjusted2
Unemployment Rates
 
Area
Unemployment Rate
United States 5.0%
Alaska 6.5%

1Preliminary data are the most current available. Data are revised every month for the previous month and again at the end of every calendar year.
2Seasonal adjustment is a statistical method for removing predictable seasonal fluctuations in the unemployment rates so that the underlying trends are easier to see. For example, Alaska’s unemployment rates are typically lower in the summer when construction, fishing, and tourism jobs are all at their yearly high points. Removing that expected seasonal fluctuation provides a clearer picture of whether rates are rising or falling, aside from their normal ups and downs over the course of the year.

Read more about seasonal adjustment and how it works.

Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates
Alaska and U.S.
January 2003 to December 2015

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Source: Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Research and Analysis Section

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