Alaska Seasonally Adjusted Labor Force Data
1976 to 2017

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2017
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Labor Force 360,734 362,762 364,703 366,453 367,067 367,136 366,310 365,088 364,072 363,331
Employment 337,333 339,474 341,269 342,430 342,431 342,024 340,569 338,942 337,837 337,168
Unemployment 23,401 23,288 23,434 24,023 24,636 25,112 25,741 26,146 26,235 26,163
Unemployment Rate 6.5% 6.4% 6.4% 6.6% 6.7% 6.8% 7.0% 7.2% 7.2% 7.2%
                       
2016
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Labor Force 361,359 361,191 361,012 360,827 360,617 360,376 360,150 359,974 359,858 359,784 359,745 359,743
Employment 337,700 337,488 337,246 336,976 336,668 336,356 336,119 335,991 335,960 335,988 336,054 336,146
Unemployment 23,659 23,703 23,766 23,851 23,949 24,020 24,031 23,983 23,898 23,796 23,691 23,597
Unemployment Rate 6.5% 6.6% 6.6% 6.6% 6.6% 6.7% 6.7% 6.7% 6.6% 6.6% 6.6% 6.6%
                       
2015
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Labor Force 363,666 363,512 363,355 363,162 362,941 362,718 362,514 362,320 362,116 361,902 361,696 361,520
Employment 340,333 340,272 340,138 339,952 339,747 339,530 339,298 339,032 338,728 338,414 338,132 337,903
Unemployment 23,333 23,240 23,217 23,210 23,194 23,188 23,216 23,288 23,388 23,488 23,564 23,617
Unemployment Rate 6.4% 6.4% 6.4% 6.4% 6.4% 6.4% 6.4% 6.4% 6.5% 6.5% 6.5% 6.5%
                       
2014
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Labor Force 366,049 366,256 366,470 366,627 366,674 366,579 366,309 365,893 365,395 364,918 364,538 364,287
Employment 340,625 340,810 340,995 341,100 341,098 341,006 340,829 340,629 340,485 340,454 340,526 340,644
Unemployment 25,424 25,446 25,475 25,527 25,576 25,573 25,480 25,264 24,910 24,464 24,012 23,643
Unemployment Rate 6.9% 6.9% 7.0% 7.0% 7.0% 7.0% 7.0% 6.9% 6.8% 6.7% 6.6% 6.5%
                       
2013
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Labor Force 365,021 364,855 364,751 364,767 364,886 365,058 365,242 365,399 365,529 365,639 365,748 365,879
Employment 339,827 339,718 339,651 339,684 339,791 339,910 340,023 340,133 340,241 340,328 340,397 340,485
Unemployment 25,194 25,137 25,100 25,083 25,095 25,148 25,219 25,266 25,288 25,311 25,351 25,394
Unemployment Rate 6.9% 6.9% 6.9% 6.9% 6.9% 6.9% 6.9% 6.9% 6.9% 6.9% 6.9% 6.9%
                       
2012
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Labor Force 366,393 366,209 366,027 365,813 365,581 365,378 365,238 365,184 365,217 365,267 365,261 365,173
Employment 339,345 339,378 339,412 339,389 339,320 339,283 339,340 339,491 339,684 339,841 339,918 339,908
Unemployment 27,048 26,831 26,615 26,424 26,261 26,095 25,898 25,693 25,533 25,426 25,343 25,265
Unemployment Rate 7.4% 7.3% 7.3% 7.2% 7.2% 7.1% 7.1% 7.0% 7.0% 7.0% 6.9% 6.9%
                       
2011
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Labor Force 364,679 364,906 364,997 365,068 365,214 365,479 365,853 366,246 366,549 366,702 366,694 366,568
Employment 336,389 336,732 337,003 337,269 337,588 337,982 338,419 338,817 339,103 339,265 339,324 339,331
Unemployment 28,290 28,174 27,994 27,799 27,626 27,497 27,434 27,429 27,446 27,437 27,370 27,237
Unemployment Rate 7.8% 7.7% 7.7% 7.6% 7.6% 7.5% 7.5% 7.5% 7.5% 7.5% 7.5% 7.4%
                       
2010
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Labor Force 360,542 360,660 360,783 360,924 361,088 361,274 361,524 361,901 362,406 363,011 363,643 364,211
Employment 331,586 331,719 331,913 332,189 332,551 332,967 333,403 333,854 334,326 334,839 335,381 335,905
Unemployment 28,956 28,941 28,870 28,735 28,537 28,307 28,121 28,047 28,080 28,172 28,262 28,306
Unemployment Rate 8.0% 8.0% 8.0% 8.0% 7.9% 7.8% 7.8% 7.7% 7.7% 7.8% 7.8% 7.8%
                       
2009
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Labor Force 357,812 358,319 358,831 359,273 359,612 359,865 360,047 360,168 360,242 360,290 360,352 360,437
Employment 332,360 332,209 332,051 331,902 331,766 331,649 331,551 331,481 331,450 331,444 331,464 331,507
Unemployment 25,452 26,110 26,780 27,371 27,846 28,216 28,496 28,687 28,792 28,846 28,888 28,930
Unemployment Rate 7.1% 7.3% 7.5% 7.6% 7.7% 7.8% 7.9% 8.0% 8.0% 8.0% 8.0% 8.0%
                       
2008
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Labor Force 353,544 354,243 354,976 355,670 356,245 356,648 356,864 356,927 356,918 356,938 357,083 357,385
Employment 330,658 331,113 331,590 332,049 332,436 332,700 332,834 332,858 332,801 332,701 332,594 332,490
Unemployment 22,886 23,130 23,386 23,621 23,809 23,948 24,030 24,069 24,117 24,237 24,489 24,895
Unemployment Rate 6.5% 6.5% 6.6% 6.6% 6.7% 6.7% 6.7% 6.7% 6.8% 6.8% 6.9% 7.0%
                       
2007
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Labor Force 350,016 349,916 349,859 349,877 350,007 350,257 350,585 350,956 351,378 351,846 352,346 352,908
Employment 327,861 327,909 327,928 327,931 327,967 328,090 328,306 328,609 328,983 329,395 329,808 330,226
Unemployment 22,155 22,007 21,931 21,946 22,040 22,167 22,279 22,347 22,395 22,451 22,538 22,682
Unemployment Rate 6.3% 6.3% 6.3% 6.3% 6.3% 6.3% 6.4% 6.4% 6.4% 6.4% 6.4% 6.4%
                       
2006
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Labor Force 347,566 348,118 348,731 349,349 349,881 350,235 350,408 350,450 350,405 350,321 350,223 350,121
Employment 323,584 324,279 325,085 325,902 326,613 327,122 327,420 327,553 327,596 327,624 327,679 327,769
Unemployment 23,982 23,839 23,646 23,447 23,268 23,113 22,988 22,897 22,809 22,697 22,544 22,352
Unemployment Rate 6.9% 6.8% 6.8% 6.7% 6.7% 6.6% 6.6% 6.5% 6.5% 6.5% 6.4% 6.4%
                       
2005
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Labor Force 341,700 342,265 342,775 343,271 343,776 344,311 344,873 345,421 345,916 346,345 346,736 347,119
Employment 317,485 318,313 319,071 319,771 320,408 320,979 321,474 321,870 322,175 322,438 322,724 323,077
Unemployment 24,215 23,952 23,704 23,500 23,368 23,332 23,399 23,551 23,741 23,907 24,012 24,042
Unemployment Rate 7.1% 7.0% 6.9% 6.8% 6.8% 6.8% 6.8% 6.8% 6.9% 6.9% 6.9% 6.9%
                       
2004
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Labor Force 333,701 333,981 334,253 334,598 335,099 335,780 336,612 337,532 338,482 339,410 340,261 341,029
Employment 307,860 308,285 308,737 309,270 309,933 310,736 311,654 312,644 313,663 314,676 315,649 316,588
Unemployment 25,841 25,696 25,516 25,328 25,166 25,044 24,958 24,888 24,819 24,734 24,612 24,441
Unemployment Rate 7.7% 7.7% 7.6% 7.6% 7.5% 7.5% 7.4% 7.4% 7.3% 7.3% 7.2% 7.2%
                       
2003
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Labor Force 330,242 330,725 331,088 331,303 331,379 331,394 331,448 331,624 331,946 332,384 332,882 333,342
Employment 304,944 305,153 305,274 305,318 305,311 305,308 305,372 305,564 305,901 306,353 306,873 307,397
Unemployment 25,298 25,572 25,814 25,985 26,068 26,086 26,076 26,060 26,045 26,031 26,009 25,945
Unemployment Rate 7.7% 7.7% 7.8% 7.8% 7.9% 7.9% 7.9% 7.9% 7.8% 7.8% 7.8% 7.8%
                       
2002
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Labor Force 323,503 324,061 324,592 325,055 325,477 325,917 326,424 327,025 327,701 328,398 329,061 329,677
Employment 301,485 301,608 301,702 301,750 301,792 301,912 302,182 302,619 303,167 303,734 304,239 304,642
Unemployment 22,018 22,453 22,890 23,305 23,685 24,005 24,242 24,406 24,534 24,664 24,822 25,035
Unemployment Rate 6.8% 6.9% 7.1% 7.2% 7.3% 7.4% 7.4% 7.5% 7.5% 7.5% 7.5% 7.6%
                       
2001
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Labor Force 319,546 319,727 320,043 320,494 321,040 321,589 322,037 322,306 322,426 322,510 322,688 323,022
Employment 299,288 299,563 299,878 300,237 300,640 301,037 301,352 301,509 301,524 301,459 301,399 301,401
Unemployment 20,258 20,164 20,165 20,257 20,400 20,552 20,685 20,797 20,902 21,051 21,289 21,621
Unemployment Rate 6.3% 6.3% 6.3% 6.3% 6.4% 6.4% 6.4% 6.5% 6.5% 6.5% 6.6% 6.7%
                       
2000
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Labor Force 319,021 319,102 319,246 319,440 319,631 319,751 319,768 319,716 319,626 319,539 319,477 319,472
Employment 298,857 298,919 299,054 299,234 299,388 299,446 299,388 299,246 299,080 298,963 298,953 299,072
Unemployment 20,164 20,183 20,192 20,206 20,243 20,305 20,380 20,470 20,546 20,576 20,524 20,400
Unemployment Rate 6.3% 6.3% 6.3% 6.3% 6.3% 6.4% 6.4% 6.4% 6.4% 6.4% 6.4% 6.4%
                       
1999
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Labor Force 317,349 317,448 317,456 317,430 317,421 317,491 317,669 317,949 318,283 318,589 318,818 318,951
Employment 296,643 296,556 296,444 296,404 296,499 296,755 297,141 297,594 298,041 298,417 298,672 298,802
Unemployment 20,706 20,892 21,012 21,026 20,922 20,736 20,528 20,355 20,242 20,172 20,146 20,149
Unemployment Rate 6.5% 6.6% 6.6% 6.6% 6.6% 6.5% 6.5% 6.4% 6.4% 6.3% 6.3% 6.3%
                       
1998
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Labor Force 314,825 315,145 315,384 315,520 315,575 315,599 315,675 315,843 316,109 316,451 316,808 317,128
Employment 294,561 295,177 295,577 295,748 295,743 295,662 295,632 295,743 295,980 296,267 296,510 296,639
Unemployment 20,264 19,968 19,807 19,772 19,832 19,937 20,043 20,100 20,129 20,184 20,298 20,489
Unemployment Rate 6.4% 6.3% 6.3% 6.3% 6.3% 6.3% 6.3% 6.4% 6.4% 6.4% 6.4% 6.5%
                       
1997
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Labor Force 311,829 312,151 312,473 312,776 313,052 313,285 313,463 313,600 313,738 313,935 314,196 314,495
Employment 288,349 288,733 289,202 289,714 290,220 290,681 291,086 291,463 291,878 292,408 293,072 293,823
Unemployment 23,480 23,418 23,271 23,062 22,832 22,604 22,377 22,137 21,860 21,527 21,124 20,672
Unemployment Rate 7.5% 7.5% 7.4% 7.4% 7.3% 7.2% 7.1% 7.1% 7.0% 6.9% 6.7% 6.6%
                       
1996
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Labor Force 307,403 307,918 308,445 308,969 309,460 309,894 310,254 310,550 310,810 311,046 311,276 311,532
Employment 283,676 284,130 284,693 285,316 285,932 286,475 286,905 287,225 287,470 287,667 287,849 288,063
Unemployment 23,727 23,788 23,752 23,653 23,528 23,419 23,349 23,325 23,340 23,379 23,427 23,469
Unemployment Rate 7.7% 7.7% 7.7% 7.7% 7.6% 7.6% 7.5% 7.5% 7.5% 7.5% 7.5% 7.5%
                       
1995
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Labor Force 303,058 302,797 302,609 302,584 302,787 303,229 303,845 304,543 305,217 305,808 306,347 306,879
Employment 281,005 280,915 280,902 280,990 281,190 281,501 281,875 282,252 282,576 282,833 283,062 283,328
Unemployment 22,053 21,882 21,707 21,594 21,597 21,728 21,970 22,291 22,641 22,975 23,285 23,551
Unemployment Rate 7.3% 7.2% 7.2% 7.1% 7.1% 7.2% 7.2% 7.3% 7.4% 7.5% 7.6% 7.7%
                       
1994
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Labor Force 300,462 300,961 301,375 301,750 302,105 302,430 302,735 303,022 303,258 303,408 303,436 303,305
Employment 277,515 277,827 278,060 278,325 278,692 279,160 279,698 280,241 280,699 280,999 281,123 281,102
Unemployment 22,947 23,134 23,315 23,425 23,413 23,270 23,037 22,781 22,559 22,409 22,313 22,203
Unemployment Rate 7.6% 7.7% 7.7% 7.8% 7.7% 7.7% 7.6% 7.5% 7.4% 7.4% 7.4% 7.3%
                       
1993
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Labor Force 290,800 291,560 292,436 293,346 294,235 295,115 295,973 296,796 297,605 298,400 299,153 299,854
Employment 267,544 268,614 269,656 270,622 271,518 272,401 273,286 274,152 274,987 275,776 276,483 277,069
Unemployment 23,256 22,946 22,780 22,724 22,717 22,714 22,687 22,644 22,618 22,624 22,670 22,785
Unemployment Rate 8.0% 7.9% 7.8% 7.7% 7.7% 7.7% 7.7% 7.6% 7.6% 7.6% 7.6% 7.6%
                       
1992
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Labor Force 282,724 283,913 284,939 285,832 286,612 287,289 287,902 288,458 288,926 289,333 289,732 290,197
Employment 256,375 257,469 258,532 259,548 260,491 261,339 262,130 262,918 263,720 264,574 265,501 266,496
Unemployment 26,349 26,444 26,407 26,284 26,121 25,950 25,772 25,540 25,206 24,759 24,231 23,701
Unemployment Rate 9.3% 9.3% 9.3% 9.2% 9.1% 9.0% 9.0% 8.9% 8.7% 8.6% 8.4% 8.2%
                       
1991
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Labor Force 272,563 273,160 273,847 274,559 275,256 275,902 276,481 277,076 277,846 278,859 280,085 281,412
Employment 252,041 252,162 252,296 252,437 252,575 252,701 252,795 252,909 253,172 253,659 254,388 255,318
Unemployment 20,522 20,998 21,551 22,122 22,681 23,201 23,686 24,167 24,674 25,200 25,697 26,094
Unemployment Rate 7.5% 7.7% 7.9% 8.1% 8.2% 8.4% 8.6% 8.7% 8.9% 9.0% 9.2% 9.3%
                       
1990
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Labor Force 262,721 264,217 265,636 266,832 267,756 268,474 269,122 269,783 270,431 271,020 271,550 272,049
Employment 243,921 245,259 246,579 247,715 248,598 249,259 249,818 250,362 250,882 251,322 251,654 251,887
Unemployment 18,800 18,958 19,057 19,117 19,158 19,215 19,304 19,421 19,549 19,698 19,896 20,162
Unemployment Rate 7.2% 7.2% 7.2% 7.2% 7.2% 7.2% 7.2% 7.2% 7.2% 7.3% 7.3% 7.4%
                       
1989
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Labor Force 251,022 251,291 251,807 252,674 253,846 255,174 256,433 257,494 258,368 259,194 260,140 261,317
Employment 231,678 232,672 233,838 235,192 236,632 238,009 239,148 239,976 240,567 241,113 241,802 242,736
Unemployment 19,344 18,619 17,969 17,482 17,214 17,165 17,285 17,518 17,801 18,081 18,338 18,581
Unemployment Rate 7.7% 7.4% 7.1% 6.9% 6.8% 6.7% 6.7% 6.8% 6.9% 7.0% 7.0% 7.1%
                       
1988
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Labor Force 248,214 248,038 247,813 247,661 247,687 247,939 248,421 249,047 249,707 250,263 250,637 250,854
Employment 224,999 225,171 225,216 225,264 225,449 225,839 226,462 227,273 228,187 229,104 229,965 230,796
Unemployment 23,215 22,867 22,597 22,397 22,238 22,100 21,959 21,774 21,520 21,159 20,672 20,058
Unemployment Rate 9.4% 9.2% 9.1% 9.0% 9.0% 8.9% 8.8% 8.7% 8.6% 8.5% 8.2% 8.0%
                       
1987
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Labor Force 251,135 250,436 249,751 249,068 248,443 247,932 247,588 247,449 247,518 247,741 248,018 248,217
Employment 224,054 223,566 223,102 222,679 222,341 222,136 222,107 222,306 222,738 223,344 224,025 224,620
Unemployment 27,081 26,870 26,649 26,389 26,102 25,796 25,481 25,143 24,780 24,397 23,993 23,597
Unemployment Rate 10.8% 10.7% 10.7% 10.6% 10.5% 10.4% 10.3% 10.2% 10.0% 9.8% 9.7% 9.5%
                       
1986
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Labor Force 255,804 256,399 256,770 256,864 256,651 256,183 255,551 254,839 254,106 253,382 252,642 251,871
Employment 229,519 229,418 229,152 228,714 228,121 227,474 226,866 226,332 225,870 225,447 225,009 224,539
Unemployment 26,285 26,981 27,618 28,150 28,530 28,709 28,685 28,507 28,236 27,935 27,633 27,332
Unemployment Rate 10.3% 10.5% 10.8% 11.0% 11.1% 11.2% 11.2% 11.2% 11.1% 11.0% 10.9% 10.9%
                       
1985
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Labor Force 250,620 250,874 250,997 251,085 251,223 251,438 251,767 252,245 252,860 253,563 254,311 255,076
Employment 226,909 227,047 226,977 226,855 226,849 227,024 227,378 227,863 228,394 228,884 229,251 229,464
Unemployment 23,711 23,827 24,020 24,230 24,374 24,414 24,389 24,382 24,466 24,679 25,060 25,612
Unemployment Rate 9.5% 9.5% 9.6% 9.7% 9.7% 9.7% 9.7% 9.7% 9.7% 9.7% 9.9% 10.0%
                       
1984
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Labor Force 239,307 240,522 241,824 243,101 244,279 245,374 246,396 247,347 248,203 248,959 249,631 250,205
Employment 214,968 216,021 217,274 218,619 219,942 221,184 222,320 223,366 224,324 225,182 225,927 226,525
Unemployment 24,339 24,501 24,550 24,482 24,337 24,190 24,076 23,981 23,879 23,777 23,704 23,680
Unemployment Rate 10.2% 10.2% 10.2% 10.1% 10.0% 9.9% 9.8% 9.7% 9.6% 9.6% 9.5% 9.5%
                       
1983
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Labor Force 222,979 224,915 226,859 228,722 230,442 231,988 233,322 234,445 235,409 236,303 237,208 238,201
Employment 200,032 201,908 203,948 205,987 207,862 209,468 210,743 211,676 212,347 212,891 213,442 214,114
Unemployment 22,947 23,007 22,911 22,735 22,580 22,520 22,579 22,769 23,062 23,412 23,766 24,087
Unemployment Rate 10.3% 10.2% 10.1% 9.9% 9.8% 9.7% 9.7% 9.7% 9.8% 9.9% 10.0% 10.1%
                       
1982
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Labor Force 205,313 206,289 207,434 208,832 210,438 212,120 213,739 215,226 216,611 217,998 219,497 221,151
Employment 185,184 186,019 187,007 188,242 189,692 191,215 192,662 193,940 195,045 196,065 197,157 198,444
Unemployment 20,129 20,270 20,427 20,590 20,746 20,905 21,077 21,286 21,566 21,933 22,340 22,707
Unemployment Rate 9.8% 9.8% 9.8% 9.9% 9.9% 9.9% 9.9% 9.9% 10.0% 10.1% 10.2% 10.3%
                       
1981
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Labor Force 189,030 189,669 190,476 191,501 192,822 194,472 196,403 198,442 200,371 202,029 203,345 204,389
Employment 171,528 172,452 173,432 174,428 175,475 176,642 177,981 179,454 180,943 182,312 183,457 184,380
Unemployment 17,502 17,217 17,044 17,073 17,347 17,830 18,422 18,988 19,428 19,717 19,888 20,009
Unemployment Rate 9.3% 9.1% 8.9% 8.9% 9.0% 9.2% 9.4% 9.6% 9.7% 9.8% 9.8% 9.8%
                       
1980
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Labor Force 184,941 185,623 186,387 187,155 187,804 188,226 188,358 188,287 188,170 188,131 188,248 188,548
Employment 168,121 168,560 168,915 169,183 169,364 169,472 169,510 169,525 169,586 169,765 170,134 170,735
Unemployment 16,820 17,063 17,472 17,972 18,440 18,754 18,848 18,762 18,584 18,366 18,114 17,813
Unemployment Rate 9.1% 9.2% 9.4% 9.6% 9.8% 10.0% 10.0% 10.0% 9.9% 9.8% 9.6% 9.4%
                       
1979
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Labor Force 183,991 184,048 184,003 183,855 183,653 183,458 183,339 183,318 183,417 183,596 183,902 184,359
Employment 166,134 166,493 166,713 166,788 166,758 166,664 166,547 166,472 166,527 166,747 167,125 167,615
Unemployment 17,857 17,555 17,290 17,067 16,895 16,794 16,792 16,846 16,890 16,849 16,777 16,744
Unemployment Rate 9.7% 9.5% 9.4% 9.3% 9.2% 9.2% 9.2% 9.2% 9.2% 9.2% 9.1% 9.1%
                       
1978
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Labor Force 179,597 180,381 180,896 181,293 181,632 181,923 182,230 182,543 182,851 183,202 183,547 183,827
Employment 160,141 160,628 161,004 161,391 161,809 162,239 162,715 163,242 163,811 164,427 165,058 165,646
Unemployment 19,456 19,753 19,892 19,902 19,823 19,684 19,515 19,301 19,040 18,775 18,489 18,181
Unemployment Rate 10.8% 11.0% 11.0% 11.0% 10.9% 10.8% 10.7% 10.6% 10.4% 10.2% 10.1% 9.9%
                       
1977
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Labor Force 169,162 170,043 170,941 171,587 171,925 172,106 172,348 172,951 174,019 175,458 177,035 178,467
Employment 154,106 154,451 154,825 155,039 155,076 155,069 155,195 155,620 156,381 157,394 158,478 159,427
Unemployment 15,056 15,592 16,116 16,548 16,849 17,037 17,153 17,331 17,638 18,064 18,557 19,040
Unemployment Rate 8.9% 9.2% 9.4% 9.6% 9.8% 9.9% 10.0% 10.0% 10.1% 10.3% 10.5% 10.7%
                       
1976
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Labor Force 156,766 157,769 159,057 160,511 162,118 163,806 165,363 166,556 167,344 167,791 168,090 168,501
Employment 145,467 146,542 147,838 149,242 150,703 152,102 153,216 153,889 154,169 154,154 154,018 153,958
Unemployment 11,299 11,227 11,219 11,269 11,415 11,704 12,147 12,667 13,175 13,637 14,072 14,543
Unemployment Rate 7.2% 7.1% 7.1% 7.0% 7.0% 7.1% 7.3% 7.6% 7.9% 8.1% 8.4% 8.6%

Seasonal 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.


Definitions:

  • Labor Force: Includes all of the civilian noninstitutional population classified as employed or unemployed. (See the definitions below.)
  • Employed: During the reference week (the week including the 12th day of the month), includes those who (a) worked as paid employees, worked in their own business or profession or on their own farm, or worked 15 hours or more as unpaid workers in an enterprise operated by a member of their family; or (b) were not working but who had jobs from which they were temporarily absent because of vacation, illness, bad weather, child care problems, family leave, labor-management dispute job training, or other family or personal reasons, whether or not they were paid for the time off or were seeking other jobs. Each employed person was counted only once, even if that person held more than one job.
  • Unemployed: Includes all who were not employed during the reference week but were available for work except for temporary illness, and had tried to find employment some time during the four-week period ending with the reference week. Those who were not looking for work but were waiting to be called back to a job from which they had been laid off also qualified as unemployed.
  • Unemployment Rate: The unemployment rate is the number of unemployed as a percent of the labor force.