North Slope Borough Not Seasonally Adjusted Labor Force Data
1990 to 2019

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Note: A change in the way labor force statistics are calculated for sub-state areas makes data prior to 2010 not comparable with later data.

                         
2019
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 3,511 3,565 3,553 3,378 3,301 3,290 3,342
Employment 3,284 3,327 3,311 3,153 3,070 3,051 3,106
Unemployment 227 238 242 225 231 239 236
Unemployment Rate 6.5% 6.7% 6.8% 6.7% 7.0% 7.3% 7.1%
                         
2018
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 3,517 3,571 3,562 3,394 3,329 3,315 3,323 3,344 3,330 3,386 3,425 3,452 3,413
Employment 3,277 3,319 3,325 3,155 3,088 3,050 3,072 3,106 3,078 3,156 3,207 3,240 3,173
Unemployment 240 252 237 239 241 265 251 238 252 230 218 212 240
Unemployment Rate 6.8% 7.1% 6.7% 7.0% 7.2% 8.0% 7.6% 7.1% 7.6% 6.8% 6.4% 6.1% 7.0%
                         
2017
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 3,828 3,833 3,817 3,666 3,534 3,466 3,521 3,530 3,513 3,491 3,501 3,500 3,600
Employment 3,558 3,557 3,547 3,400 3,263 3,166 3,240 3,260 3,241 3,230 3,258 3,283 3,334
Unemployment 270 276 270 266 271 300 281 270 272 261 243 217 266
Unemployment Rate 7.1% 7.2% 7.1% 7.3% 7.7% 8.7% 8.0% 7.6% 7.7% 7.5% 6.9% 6.2% 7.4%
                         
2016
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 4,369 4,335 4,324 4,058 3,943 3,793 3,730 3,697 3,706 3,767 3,842 3,871 3,953
Employment 4,131 4,077 4,070 3,803 3,665 3,491 3,446 3,423 3,429 3,496 3,566 3,623 3,685
Unemployment 238 258 254 255 278 302 284 274 277 271 276 248 268
Unemployment Rate 5.4% 6.0% 5.9% 6.3% 7.1% 8.0% 7.6% 7.4% 7.5% 7.2% 7.2% 6.4% 6.8%
                         
2015
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 4,431 4,521 4,560 4,446 4,246 4,240 4,259 4,227 4,134 4,132 4,270 4,211 4,306
Employment 4,181 4,260 4,316 4,202 3,989 3,962 4,009 3,993 3,889 3,896 4,019 4,008 4,060
Unemployment 250 261 244 244 257 278 250 234 245 236 251 203 246
Unemployment Rate 5.6% 5.8% 5.4% 5.5% 6.1% 6.6% 5.9% 5.5% 5.9% 5.7% 5.9% 4.8% 5.7%
                         
2014
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 4,212 4,364 4,433 4,415 4,274 4,273 4,366 4,347 4,242 4,330 4,462 4,478 4,350
Employment 3,956 4,090 4,171 4,159 3,981 3,975 4,099 4,094 4,002 4,096 4,209 4,258 4,091
Unemployment 256 274 262 256 293 298 267 253 240 234 253 220 259
Unemployment Rate 6.1% 6.3% 5.9% 5.8% 6.9% 7.0% 6.1% 5.8% 5.7% 5.4% 5.7% 4.9% 6.0%
                         
2013
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 3,952 4,043 4,127 4,110 4,040 4,006 4,098 4,011 4,033 4,072 4,182 4,184 4,072
Employment 3,670 3,729 3,814 3,813 3,735 3,670 3,786 3,719 3,736 3,774 3,878 3,938 3,772
Unemployment 282 314 313 297 305 336 312 292 297 298 304 246 300
Unemployment Rate 7.1% 7.8% 7.6% 7.2% 7.5% 8.4% 7.6% 7.3% 7.4% 7.3% 7.3% 5.9% 7.4%
                         
2012
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 4,024 4,098 4,104 4,038 4,004 3,997 4,084 4,027 3,934 3,955 4,031 4,020 4,027
Employment 3,714 3,767 3,773 3,738 3,694 3,649 3,764 3,727 3,621 3,656 3,731 3,740 3,715
Unemployment 310 331 331 300 310 348 320 300 313 299 300 280 312
Unemployment Rate 7.7% 8.1% 8.1% 7.4% 7.7% 8.7% 7.8% 7.4% 8.0% 7.6% 7.4% 7.0% 7.7%
                         
2011
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 3,942 4,028 4,024 3,997 3,926 3,981 4,030 3,955 3,940 3,984 4,018 4,092 3,993
Employment 3,661 3,721 3,726 3,715 3,639 3,655 3,711 3,660 3,629 3,664 3,699 3,796 3,690
Unemployment 281 307 298 282 287 326 319 295 311 320 319 296 303
Unemployment Rate 7.1% 7.6% 7.4% 7.1% 7.3% 8.2% 7.9% 7.5% 7.9% 8.0% 7.9% 7.2% 7.6%
                         
2010
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 3,846 3,894 3,898 3,917 3,926 3,979 4,017 4,029 4,007 4,024 4,025 4,046 3,968
Employment 3,530 3,565 3,569 3,606 3,599 3,629 3,691 3,722 3,695 3,716 3,711 3,753 3,649
Unemployment 316 329 329 311 327 350 326 307 312 308 314 293 319
Unemployment Rate 8.2% 8.4% 8.4% 7.9% 8.3% 8.8% 8.1% 7.6% 7.8% 7.7% 7.8% 7.2% 8.0%
                         
2009
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 5,535 5,575 5,548 5,416 5,273 5,342 5,305 5,195 5,062 5,108 5,144 5,145 5,304
Employment 5,343 5,342 5,310 5,183 5,026 5,077 5,051 4,940 4,790 4,818 4,866 4,893 5,053
Unemployment 192 233 238 233 247 265 254 255 272 290 278 252 251
Unemployment Rate 3.5% 4.2% 4.3% 4.3% 4.7% 5.0% 4.8% 4.9% 5.4% 5.7% 5.4% 4.9% 4.7%
                         
2008
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 4,987 5,039 5,060 4,998 4,920 5,004 5,086 5,169 5,097 5,381 5,452 5,543 5,145
Employment 4,774 4,804 4,834 4,791 4,692 4,754 4,860 4,958 4,873 5,171 5,245 5,362 4,927
Unemployment 213 235 226 207 228 250 226 211 224 210 207 181 218
Unemployment Rate 4.3% 4.7% 4.5% 4.1% 4.6% 5.0% 4.4% 4.1% 4.4% 3.9% 3.8% 3.3% 4.2%
                         
2007
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 4,630 4,687 4,680 4,585 4,490 4,552 4,569 4,622 4,632 4,855 4,859 4,910 4,672
Employment 4,385 4,429 4,432 4,356 4,240 4,267 4,290 4,371 4,385 4,583 4,606 4,701 4,420
Unemployment 245 258 248 229 250 285 279 251 247 272 253 209 252
Unemployment Rate 5.3% 5.5% 5.3% 5.0% 5.6% 6.3% 6.1% 5.4% 5.3% 5.6% 5.2% 4.3% 5.4%
                         
2006
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 3,960 3,963 3,982 4,043 4,074 4,037 4,069 4,164 4,170 4,374 4,415 4,477 4,144
Employment 3,650 3,648 3,696 3,775 3,786 3,727 3,792 3,901 3,891 4,074 4,137 4,241 3,860
Unemployment 310 315 286 268 288 310 277 263 279 300 278 236 284
Unemployment Rate 7.8% 7.9% 7.2% 6.6% 7.1% 7.7% 6.8% 6.3% 6.7% 6.9% 6.3% 5.3% 6.9%
                         
2005
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 3,681 3,683 3,703 3,628 3,627 3,587 3,679 3,734 3,665 3,833 3,888 3,924 3,719
Employment 3,352 3,349 3,372 3,309 3,284 3,226 3,334 3,397 3,316 3,477 3,561 3,634 3,384
Unemployment 329 334 331 319 343 361 345 337 349 356 327 290 335
Unemployment Rate 8.9% 9.1% 8.9% 8.8% 9.5% 10.1% 9.4% 9.0% 9.5% 9.3% 8.4% 7.4% 9.0%
                         
2004
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 3,724 3,704 3,692 3,673 3,640 3,699 3,636 3,709 3,581 3,610 3,644 3,686 3,666
Employment 3,323 3,302 3,304 3,311 3,267 3,289 3,241 3,341 3,219 3,232 3,296 3,368 3,291
Unemployment 401 402 388 362 373 410 395 368 362 378 348 318 375
Unemployment Rate 10.8% 10.9% 10.5% 9.9% 10.2% 11.1% 10.9% 9.9% 10.1% 10.5% 9.5% 8.6% 10.2%
                         
2003
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 3,812 3,786 3,791 3,767 3,749 3,540 3,586 3,615 3,600 3,686 3,724 3,766 3,701
Employment 3,489 3,453 3,450 3,423 3,377 3,146 3,192 3,204 3,164 3,250 3,302 3,371 3,318
Unemployment 323 333 341 344 372 394 394 411 436 436 422 395 383
Unemployment Rate 8.5% 8.8% 9.0% 9.1% 9.9% 11.1% 11.0% 11.4% 12.1% 11.8% 11.3% 10.5% 10.3%
                         
2002
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 3,863 3,954 4,017 3,886 3,690 3,581 3,717 3,711 3,580 3,763 3,707 3,717 3,765
Employment 3,574 3,645 3,690 3,577 3,367 3,229 3,378 3,363 3,228 3,408 3,374 3,425 3,438
Unemployment 289 309 327 309 323 352 339 348 352 355 333 292 327
Unemployment Rate 7.5% 7.8% 8.1% 8.0% 8.8% 9.8% 9.1% 9.4% 9.8% 9.4% 9.0% 7.9% 8.7%
                         
2001
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 3,619 3,868 3,912 3,782 3,695 3,577 3,568 3,610 3,621 3,742 3,758 3,782 3,712
Employment 3,347 3,586 3,631 3,497 3,384 3,251 3,273 3,342 3,333 3,474 3,498 3,539 3,430
Unemployment 272 282 281 285 311 326 295 268 288 268 260 243 282
Unemployment Rate 7.5% 7.3% 7.2% 7.5% 8.4% 9.1% 8.3% 7.4% 8.0% 7.2% 6.9% 6.4% 7.6%
                         
2000
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 3,288 3,423 3,422 3,434 3,391 3,239 3,368 3,471 3,465 3,393 3,402 3,546 3,404
Employment 3,040 3,153 3,159 3,175 3,105 2,906 3,058 3,148 3,124 3,099 3,126 3,298 3,116
Unemployment 248 270 263 259 286 333 310 323 341 294 276 248 288
Unemployment Rate 7.5% 7.9% 7.7% 7.5% 8.4% 10.3% 9.2% 9.3% 9.8% 8.7% 8.1% 7.0% 8.5%
                         
1999
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 3,259 3,277 3,305 3,218 3,089 3,050 3,027 2,952 3,012 3,035 3,044 3,089 3,113
Employment 3,051 3,071 3,074 2,987 2,829 2,738 2,756 2,689 2,726 2,781 2,782 2,874 2,863
Unemployment 208 206 231 231 260 312 271 263 286 254 262 215 250
Unemployment Rate 6.4% 6.3% 7.0% 7.2% 8.4% 10.2% 9.0% 8.9% 9.5% 8.4% 8.6% 7.0% 8.0%
                         
1998
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 3,341 3,356 3,323 3,305 3,193 3,218 3,272 3,251 3,297 3,334 3,285 3,338 3,293
Employment 3,192 3,179 3,148 3,152 3,014 3,020 3,061 3,056 3,059 3,123 3,089 3,145 3,103
Unemployment 149 177 175 153 179 198 211 195 238 211 196 193 190
Unemployment Rate 4.5% 5.3% 5.3% 4.6% 5.6% 6.2% 6.4% 6.0% 7.2% 6.3% 6.0% 5.8% 5.8%
                         
1997
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 3,244 3,207 3,221 3,159 3,166 3,201 3,277 3,241 3,306 3,369 3,269 3,415 3,256
Employment 3,109 3,061 3,067 3,003 2,998 3,022 3,095 3,077 3,117 3,186 3,127 3,265 3,094
Unemployment 135 146 154 156 168 179 182 164 189 183 142 150 162
Unemployment Rate 4.2% 4.6% 4.8% 4.9% 5.3% 5.6% 5.6% 5.1% 5.7% 5.4% 4.3% 4.4% 5.0%
                         
1996
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 3,250 3,287 3,367 3,277 3,176 3,197 3,270 3,170 3,172 3,236 3,220 3,298 3,243
Employment 3,119 3,152 3,218 3,121 2,981 2,988 3,105 3,053 3,028 3,091 3,081 3,148 3,090
Unemployment 131 135 149 156 195 209 165 117 144 145 139 150 153
Unemployment Rate 4.0% 4.1% 4.4% 4.8% 6.1% 6.5% 5.0% 3.7% 4.5% 4.5% 4.3% 4.5% 4.7%
                         
1995
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 3,201 3,200 3,169 3,026 3,033 3,166 3,135 3,127 3,172 3,267 3,260 3,277 3,170
Employment 3,072 3,066 3,066 2,963 2,934 3,023 3,015 3,012 3,044 3,124 3,129 3,172 3,052
Unemployment 129 134 103 63 99 143 120 115 128 143 131 105 118
Unemployment Rate 4.0% 4.2% 3.3% 2.1% 3.3% 4.5% 3.8% 3.7% 4.0% 4.4% 4.0% 3.2% 3.7%
                         
1994
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 3,218 3,193 3,234 3,112 3,098 3,195 3,195 3,189 3,239 3,237 3,212 3,238 3,197
Employment 3,106 3,078 3,108 3,007 2,983 3,051 3,056 3,059 3,091 3,110 3,107 3,141 3,075
Unemployment 112 115 126 105 115 144 139 130 148 127 105 97 122
Unemployment Rate 3.5% 3.6% 3.9% 3.4% 3.7% 4.5% 4.4% 4.1% 4.6% 3.9% 3.3% 3.0% 3.8%
                         
1993
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,915 3,058 3,080 2,970 2,927 3,062 2,969 2,968 2,904 3,054 3,067 3,015 2,999
Employment 2,808 2,903 2,924 2,843 2,790 2,888 2,842 2,821 2,778 2,895 2,921 2,929 2,862
Unemployment 107 155 156 127 137 174 127 147 126 159 146 86 137
Unemployment Rate 3.7% 5.1% 5.1% 4.3% 4.7% 5.7% 4.3% 5.0% 4.3% 5.2% 4.8% 2.9% 4.6%
                         
1992
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,848 2,826 2,834 2,820 2,781 2,806 2,822 2,820 2,787 2,920 2,960 2,982 2,850
Employment 2,718 2,707 2,743 2,702 2,652 2,650 2,692 2,708 2,655 2,807 2,850 2,868 2,729
Unemployment 130 119 91 118 129 156 130 112 132 113 110 114 121
Unemployment Rate 4.6% 4.2% 3.2% 4.2% 4.6% 5.6% 4.6% 4.0% 4.7% 3.9% 3.7% 3.8% 4.2%
                         
1991
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,924 2,955 2,979 2,935 2,966 2,991 2,872 2,891 2,903 2,951 2,876 2,849 2,924
Employment 2,793 2,827 2,850 2,851 2,856 2,843 2,753 2,771 2,755 2,765 2,742 2,727 2,794
Unemployment 131 128 129 84 110 148 119 120 148 186 134 122 130
Unemployment Rate 4.5% 4.3% 4.3% 2.9% 3.7% 4.9% 4.1% 4.2% 5.1% 6.3% 4.7% 4.3% 4.4%
                         
1990
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,639 2,633 2,632 2,638 2,740 2,955 2,905 2,924 2,847 2,898 2,860 2,892 2,797
Employment 2,500 2,531 2,534 2,545 2,623 2,830 2,795 2,845 2,770 2,801 2,771 2,801 2,696
Unemployment 139 102 98 93 117 125 110 79 77 97 89 91 101
Unemployment Rate 5.3% 3.9% 3.7% 3.5% 4.3% 4.2% 3.8% 2.7% 2.7% 3.3% 3.1% 3.1% 3.6%

A change in the way the labor force statistics are calculated for boroughs and census areas makes data prior to 2000 not comparable with later data.

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.