North Slope Borough Not Seasonally Adjusted Labor Force Data
1990 to 2017

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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.

                         
2017
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 4,015 3,939 3,914 3,766 3,612 3,560 3,622 3,644
Employment 3,766 3,678 3,658 3,504 3,342 3,262 3,332 3,363
Unemployment 249 261 256 262 270 298 290 281
Unemployment Rate 6.2% 6.6% 6.5% 7.0% 7.5% 8.4% 8.0% 7.7%
                         
2016
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 4,353 4,317 4,301 4,023 3,920 3,793 3,786 3,732 3,690 3,816 3,934 3,947 3,968
Employment 4,120 4,065 4,057 3,778 3,650 3,501 3,512 3,469 3,425 3,563 3,678 3,716 3,711
Unemployment 233 252 244 245 270 292 274 263 265 253 256 231 257
Unemployment Rate 5.4% 5.8% 5.7% 6.1% 6.9% 7.7% 7.2% 7.0% 7.2% 6.6% 6.5% 5.9% 6.5%
                         
2015
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 4,428 4,512 4,550 4,434 4,240 4,238 4,252 4,219 4,125 4,124 4,255 4,204 4,299
Employment 4,180 4,255 4,310 4,195 3,986 3,961 4,003 3,985 3,882 3,892 4,011 4,006 4,056
Unemployment 248 257 240 239 254 277 249 234 243 232 244 198 243
Unemployment Rate 5.6% 5.7% 5.3% 5.4% 6.0% 6.5% 5.9% 5.5% 5.9% 5.6% 5.7% 4.7% 5.7%
                         
2014
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 4,219 4,369 4,436 4,415 4,276 4,284 4,373 4,352 4,244 4,337 4,460 4,483 4,354
Employment 3,966 4,098 4,179 4,164 3,989 3,983 4,107 4,096 4,004 4,102 4,212 4,263 4,097
Unemployment 253 271 257 251 287 301 266 256 240 235 248 220 257
Unemployment Rate 6.0% 6.2% 5.8% 5.7% 6.7% 7.0% 6.1% 5.9% 5.7% 5.4% 5.6% 4.9% 5.9%
                         
2013
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 3,956 4,038 4,118 4,100 4,032 4,004 4,094 4,010 4,030 4,073 4,177 4,188 4,069
Employment 3,675 3,730 3,814 3,811 3,736 3,671 3,789 3,719 3,737 3,778 3,880 3,943 3,774
Unemployment 281 308 304 289 296 333 305 291 293 295 297 245 295
Unemployment Rate 7.1% 7.6% 7.4% 7.0% 7.3% 8.3% 7.4% 7.3% 7.3% 7.2% 7.1% 5.9% 7.2%
                         
2012
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 4,027 4,102 4,107 4,039 4,003 4,001 4,084 4,029 3,933 3,958 4,031 4,023 4,028
Employment 3,716 3,770 3,776 3,739 3,695 3,650 3,765 3,727 3,621 3,658 3,732 3,741 3,716
Unemployment 311 332 331 300 308 351 319 302 312 300 299 282 312
Unemployment Rate 7.7% 8.1% 8.1% 7.4% 7.7% 8.8% 7.8% 7.5% 7.9% 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 3,828 3,874 3,879 3,902 3,916 3,965 4,001 4,013 3,993 4,010 4,013 4,037 3,953
Employment 3,512 3,545 3,550 3,591 3,589 3,615 3,675 3,706 3,681 3,702 3,699 3,744 3,634
Unemployment 316 329 329 311 327 350 326 307 312 308 314 293 319
Unemployment Rate 8.3% 8.5% 8.5% 8.0% 8.4% 8.8% 8.1% 7.7% 7.8% 7.7% 7.8% 7.3% 8.1%
                         
2009
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 5,523 5,562 5,522 5,403 5,252 5,320 5,274 5,171 5,054 5,095 5,132 5,126 5,286
Employment 5,331 5,332 5,286 5,178 5,013 5,052 5,020 4,914 4,780 4,804 4,863 4,868 5,037
Unemployment 192 230 236 225 239 268 254 257 274 291 269 258 249
Unemployment Rate 3.5% 4.1% 4.3% 4.2% 4.6% 5.0% 4.8% 5.0% 5.4% 5.7% 5.2% 5.0% 4.7%
                         
2008
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 5,016 5,046 5,071 5,009 4,906 4,994 5,069 5,152 5,097 5,395 5,459 5,546 5,147
Employment 4,809 4,826 4,853 4,819 4,691 4,753 4,851 4,943 4,881 5,198 5,264 5,366 4,938
Unemployment 207 220 218 190 215 241 218 209 216 197 195 180 209
Unemployment Rate 4.1% 4.4% 4.3% 3.8% 4.4% 4.8% 4.3% 4.1% 4.2% 3.7% 3.6% 3.2% 4.1%
                         
2007
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 4,655 4,700 4,690 4,591 4,477 4,546 4,560 4,610 4,655 4,869 4,890 4,947 4,683
Employment 4,413 4,450 4,455 4,372 4,248 4,275 4,293 4,363 4,412 4,612 4,650 4,737 4,440
Unemployment 242 250 235 219 229 271 267 247 243 257 240 210 243
Unemployment Rate 5.2% 5.3% 5.0% 4.8% 5.1% 6.0% 5.9% 5.4% 5.2% 5.3% 4.9% 4.2% 5.2%
                         
2006
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 3,957 3,970 3,968 4,031 4,040 3,992 4,039 4,149 4,162 4,375 4,423 4,507 4,135
Employment 3,654 3,648 3,686 3,764 3,764 3,691 3,764 3,885 3,884 4,095 4,157 4,275 3,856
Unemployment 303 322 282 267 276 301 275 264 278 280 266 232 279
Unemployment Rate 7.7% 8.1% 7.1% 6.6% 6.8% 7.5% 6.8% 6.4% 6.7% 6.4% 6.0% 5.1% 6.7%
                         
2005
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 3,686 3,691 3,692 3,625 3,603 3,568 3,654 3,720 3,678 3,838 3,900 3,941 3,716
Employment 3,359 3,349 3,366 3,305 3,276 3,215 3,316 3,384 3,316 3,488 3,567 3,645 3,382
Unemployment 327 342 326 320 327 353 338 336 362 350 333 296 334
Unemployment Rate 8.9% 9.3% 8.8% 8.8% 9.1% 9.9% 9.3% 9.0% 9.8% 9.1% 8.5% 7.5% 9.0%
                         
2004
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 3,783 3,763 3,743 3,722 3,670 3,731 3,655 3,740 3,602 3,618 3,662 3,710 3,700
Employment 3,380 3,362 3,352 3,355 3,306 3,317 3,260 3,364 3,240 3,252 3,320 3,385 3,324
Unemployment 403 401 391 367 364 414 395 376 362 366 342 325 376
Unemployment Rate 10.7% 10.7% 10.4% 9.9% 9.9% 11.1% 10.8% 10.1% 10.0% 10.1% 9.3% 8.8% 10.2%
                         
2003
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 3,868 3,842 3,835 3,830 3,787 3,599 3,620 3,671 3,655 3,727 3,786 3,832 3,754
Employment 3,545 3,508 3,501 3,486 3,425 3,188 3,230 3,248 3,218 3,315 3,375 3,442 3,373
Unemployment 323 334 334 344 362 411 390 423 437 412 411 390 381
Unemployment Rate 8.4% 8.7% 8.7% 9.0% 9.6% 11.4% 10.8% 11.5% 12.0% 11.1% 10.9% 10.2% 10.1%
                         
2002
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 3,891 3,980 4,038 3,917 3,702 3,597 3,725 3,740 3,612 3,777 3,715 3,747 3,787
Employment 3,605 3,681 3,719 3,611 3,401 3,252 3,396 3,385 3,268 3,442 3,395 3,449 3,467
Unemployment 286 299 319 306 301 345 329 355 344 335 320 298 320
Unemployment Rate 7.4% 7.5% 7.9% 7.8% 8.1% 9.6% 8.8% 9.5% 9.5% 8.9% 8.6% 8.0% 8.4%
                         
2001
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 3,647 3,884 3,922 3,789 3,667 3,565 3,542 3,598 3,613 3,740 3,754 3,804 3,710
Employment 3,377 3,609 3,647 3,512 3,389 3,254 3,268 3,325 3,342 3,489 3,514 3,568 3,441
Unemployment 270 275 275 277 278 311 274 273 271 251 240 236 269
Unemployment Rate 7.4% 7.1% 7.0% 7.3% 7.6% 8.7% 7.7% 7.6% 7.5% 6.7% 6.4% 6.2% 7.3%
                         
2000
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 3,294 3,435 3,431 3,443 3,371 3,220 3,333 3,463 3,444 3,381 3,389 3,550 3,396
Employment 3,054 3,171 3,171 3,192 3,095 2,894 3,038 3,131 3,119 3,108 3,134 3,313 3,118
Unemployment 240 264 260 251 276 326 295 332 325 273 255 237 278
Unemployment Rate 7.3% 7.7% 7.6% 7.3% 8.2% 10.1% 8.9% 9.6% 9.4% 8.1% 7.5% 6.7% 8.2%
                         
1999
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 3,260 3,279 3,295 3,201 3,061 3,032 3,002 2,930 2,980 3,020 3,022 3,082 3,097
Employment 3,059 3,080 3,076 2,986 2,827 2,733 2,744 2,673 2,710 2,777 2,780 2,879 2,860
Unemployment 201 199 219 215 234 299 258 257 270 243 242 203 237
Unemployment Rate 6.2% 6.1% 6.6% 6.7% 7.6% 9.9% 8.6% 8.8% 9.1% 8.0% 8.0% 6.6% 7.7%
                         
1998
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 3,314 3,320 3,289 3,267 3,154 3,183 3,235 3,223 3,273 3,323 3,267 3,332 3,265
Employment 3,172 3,153 3,117 3,128 2,987 2,991 3,032 3,031 3,043 3,116 3,083 3,148 3,083
Unemployment 142 167 172 139 167 192 203 192 230 207 184 184 182
Unemployment Rate 4.3% 5.0% 5.2% 4.3% 5.3% 6.0% 6.3% 6.0% 7.0% 6.2% 5.6% 5.5% 5.6%
                         
1997
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 3,244 3,201 3,221 3,143 3,145 3,175 3,254 3,227 3,294 3,360 3,264 3,403 3,244
Employment 3,107 3,054 3,063 2,990 2,982 2,999 3,076 3,062 3,109 3,184 3,132 3,261 3,085
Unemployment 137 147 158 153 163 176 178 165 185 176 132 142 159
Unemployment Rate 4.2% 4.6% 4.9% 4.9% 5.2% 5.5% 5.5% 5.1% 5.6% 5.2% 4.0% 4.2% 4.9%
                         
1996
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 3,245 3,284 3,358 3,261 3,158 3,171 3,251 3,146 3,157 3,236 3,220 3,302 3,232
Employment 3,113 3,151 3,210 3,110 2,964 2,971 3,088 3,034 3,021 3,096 3,083 3,155 3,083
Unemployment 132 133 148 151 194 200 163 112 136 140 137 147 149
Unemployment Rate 4.1% 4.0% 4.4% 4.6% 6.1% 6.3% 5.0% 3.6% 4.3% 4.3% 4.3% 4.5% 4.6%
                         
1995
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 3,206 3,202 3,173 3,034 3,027 3,145 3,130 3,115 3,165 3,275 3,267 3,276 3,168
Employment 3,081 3,074 3,074 2,972 2,930 3,008 3,012 3,003 3,042 3,136 3,141 3,176 3,054
Unemployment 125 128 99 62 97 137 118 112 123 139 126 100 114
Unemployment Rate 3.9% 4.0% 3.1% 2.0% 3.2% 4.4% 3.8% 3.6% 3.9% 4.2% 3.9% 3.1% 3.6%
                         
1994
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 3,208 3,174 3,203 3,093 3,083 3,168 3,168 3,166 3,213 3,236 3,214 3,243 3,181
Employment 3,094 3,058 3,076 2,989 2,971 3,027 3,031 3,036 3,069 3,112 3,114 3,152 3,061
Unemployment 114 116 127 104 112 141 137 130 144 124 100 91 120
Unemployment Rate 3.6% 3.7% 4.0% 3.4% 3.6% 4.5% 4.3% 4.1% 4.5% 3.8% 3.1% 2.8% 3.8%
                         
1993
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,916 3,055 3,061 2,942 2,911 3,043 2,946 2,948 2,878 3,036 3,050 3,004 2,983
Employment 2,808 2,896 2,905 2,817 2,772 2,868 2,820 2,804 2,759 2,879 2,911 2,922 2,847
Unemployment 108 159 156 125 139 175 126 144 119 157 139 82 136
Unemployment Rate 3.7% 5.2% 5.1% 4.2% 4.8% 5.8% 4.3% 4.9% 4.1% 5.2% 4.6% 2.7% 4.6%
                         
1992
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,887 2,849 2,850 2,830 2,792 2,820 2,832 2,827 2,794 2,938 2,980 2,992 2,866
Employment 2,754 2,727 2,758 2,714 2,659 2,660 2,701 2,714 2,663 2,827 2,870 2,879 2,744
Unemployment 133 122 92 116 133 160 131 113 131 111 110 113 122
Unemployment Rate 4.6% 4.3% 3.2% 4.1% 4.8% 5.7% 4.6% 4.0% 4.7% 3.8% 3.7% 3.8% 4.3%
                         
1991
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,936 2,969 2,992 2,954 2,984 3,017 2,901 2,922 2,950 3,001 2,923 2,898 2,954
Employment 2,811 2,841 2,866 2,875 2,872 2,871 2,784 2,804 2,804 2,814 2,791 2,777 2,826
Unemployment 125 128 126 79 112 146 117 118 146 187 132 121 128
Unemployment Rate 4.3% 4.3% 4.2% 2.7% 3.8% 4.8% 4.0% 4.0% 4.9% 6.2% 4.5% 4.2% 4.3%
                         
1990
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,701 2,678 2,662 2,665 2,766 2,966 2,929 2,950 2,837 2,898 2,852 2,890 2,817
Employment 2,561 2,575 2,567 2,571 2,645 2,847 2,821 2,874 2,762 2,806 2,768 2,803 2,717
Unemployment 140 103 95 94 121 119 108 76 75 92 84 87 100
Unemployment Rate 5.2% 3.8% 3.6% 3.5% 4.4% 4.0% 3.7% 2.6% 2.6% 3.2% 2.9% 3.0% 3.5%

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.