Northwest Arctic Borough Not Seasonally Adjusted Labor Force Data
1990 to 2018

Return to not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate by year for Northwest Arctic Borough

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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.

                         
2018
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,881 2,926 2,876 2,908 2,792 2,903 2,830 2,788 2,817 2,921
Employment 2,409 2,428 2,411 2,434 2,323 2,396 2,384 2,399 2,458 2,575
Unemployment 472 498 465 474 469 507 446 389 359 346
Unemployment Rate 16.4% 17.0% 16.2% 16.3% 16.8% 17.5% 15.8% 14.0% 12.7% 11.8%
                         
2017
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,923 2,971 2,925 2,974 2,848 3,088 3,024 3,022 3,035 2,889 2,897 2,938 2,961
Employment 2,435 2,449 2,427 2,447 2,312 2,502 2,481 2,511 2,574 2,434 2,453 2,531 2,463
Unemployment 488 522 498 527 536 586 543 511 461 455 444 407 498
Unemployment Rate 16.7% 17.6% 17.0% 17.7% 18.8% 19.0% 18.0% 16.9% 15.2% 15.7% 15.3% 13.9% 16.8%
                         
2016
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,954 2,900 2,924 2,947 2,995 3,075 2,989 2,985 2,892 2,986 2,966 3,056 2,973
Employment 2,489 2,412 2,441 2,449 2,482 2,535 2,500 2,521 2,465 2,513 2,524 2,594 2,494
Unemployment 465 488 483 498 513 540 489 464 427 473 442 462 479
Unemployment Rate 15.7% 16.8% 16.5% 16.9% 17.1% 17.6% 16.4% 15.5% 14.8% 15.8% 14.9% 15.1% 16.1%
                         
2015
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,881 2,902 2,898 2,803 2,899 3,036 3,031 2,977 2,844 2,894 2,899 2,923 2,916
Employment 2,419 2,390 2,398 2,316 2,401 2,521 2,525 2,543 2,406 2,480 2,478 2,499 2,448
Unemployment 462 512 500 487 498 515 506 434 438 414 421 424 468
Unemployment Rate 16.0% 17.6% 17.3% 17.4% 17.2% 17.0% 16.7% 14.6% 15.4% 14.3% 14.5% 14.5% 16.0%
                         
2014
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 3,011 2,983 2,964 3,000 3,027 3,102 3,125 3,021 2,962 2,993 2,966 2,955 3,010
Employment 2,431 2,378 2,385 2,442 2,484 2,539 2,597 2,568 2,489 2,561 2,545 2,539 2,497
Unemployment 580 605 579 558 543 563 528 453 473 432 421 416 513
Unemployment Rate 19.3% 20.3% 19.5% 18.6% 17.9% 18.1% 16.9% 15.0% 16.0% 14.4% 14.2% 14.1% 17.0%
                         
2013
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,940 2,971 2,987 2,951 3,029 3,214 3,176 3,083 3,120 3,187 3,101 3,053 3,068
Employment 2,448 2,428 2,477 2,469 2,536 2,687 2,702 2,625 2,602 2,684 2,579 2,529 2,564
Unemployment 492 543 510 482 493 527 474 458 518 503 522 524 504
Unemployment Rate 16.7% 18.3% 17.1% 16.3% 16.3% 16.4% 14.9% 14.9% 16.6% 15.8% 16.8% 17.2% 16.4%
                         
2012
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 3,022 3,032 2,996 2,976 3,020 3,134 3,127 3,057 3,024 3,031 2,969 2,980 3,031
Employment 2,525 2,519 2,463 2,470 2,520 2,617 2,659 2,610 2,569 2,606 2,547 2,541 2,554
Unemployment 497 513 533 506 500 517 468 447 455 425 422 439 477
Unemployment Rate 16.4% 16.9% 17.8% 17.0% 16.6% 16.5% 15.0% 14.6% 15.0% 14.0% 14.2% 14.7% 15.7%
                         
2011
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,968 2,947 2,979 3,025 2,993 3,081 3,130 2,982 2,961 2,966 2,884 2,920 2,987
Employment 2,513 2,454 2,493 2,550 2,542 2,585 2,670 2,541 2,504 2,518 2,442 2,473 2,524
Unemployment 455 493 486 475 451 496 460 441 457 448 442 447 463
Unemployment Rate 15.3% 16.7% 16.3% 15.7% 15.1% 16.1% 14.7% 14.8% 15.4% 15.1% 15.3% 15.3% 15.5%
                         
2010
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,887 2,927 2,938 2,927 2,937 2,970 3,015 2,981 2,889 3,020 3,026 2,972 2,957
Employment 2,511 2,497 2,511 2,514 2,514 2,528 2,622 2,603 2,512 2,649 2,659 2,605 2,560
Unemployment 376 430 427 413 423 442 393 378 377 371 367 367 397
Unemployment Rate 13.0% 14.7% 14.5% 14.1% 14.4% 14.9% 13.0% 12.7% 13.0% 12.3% 12.1% 12.3% 13.4%
                         
2009
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,953 2,943 2,920 2,912 2,884 3,042 3,056 3,003 2,870 3,084 3,101 3,084 2,988
Employment 2,626 2,587 2,559 2,542 2,502 2,631 2,682 2,659 2,528 2,756 2,762 2,751 2,632
Unemployment 327 356 361 370 382 411 374 344 342 328 339 333 356
Unemployment Rate 11.1% 12.1% 12.4% 12.7% 13.2% 13.5% 12.2% 11.5% 11.9% 10.6% 10.9% 10.8% 11.9%
                         
2008
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 3,037 3,044 3,025 2,904 2,872 2,992 3,012 3,041 2,897 3,036 2,971 2,943 2,982
Employment 2,692 2,657 2,627 2,522 2,494 2,612 2,659 2,723 2,577 2,728 2,684 2,663 2,637
Unemployment 345 387 398 382 378 380 353 318 320 308 287 280 345
Unemployment Rate 11.4% 12.7% 13.2% 13.2% 13.2% 12.7% 11.7% 10.5% 11.0% 10.1% 9.7% 9.5% 11.6%
                         
2007
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,952 2,920 2,891 2,912 2,878 2,983 3,012 3,015 2,973 3,065 3,054 2,967 2,968
Employment 2,617 2,582 2,566 2,586 2,516 2,629 2,675 2,718 2,678 2,755 2,760 2,673 2,646
Unemployment 335 338 325 326 362 354 337 297 295 310 294 294 322
Unemployment Rate 11.3% 11.6% 11.2% 11.2% 12.6% 11.9% 11.2% 9.9% 9.9% 10.1% 9.6% 9.9% 10.8%
                         
2006
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,924 2,932 2,932 2,904 2,929 2,986 3,080 3,058 2,962 2,934 2,937 2,979 2,963
Employment 2,590 2,580 2,589 2,564 2,575 2,602 2,726 2,737 2,633 2,620 2,622 2,682 2,627
Unemployment 334 352 343 340 354 384 354 321 329 314 315 297 336
Unemployment Rate 11.4% 12.0% 11.7% 11.7% 12.1% 12.9% 11.5% 10.5% 11.1% 10.7% 10.7% 10.0% 11.3%
                         
2005
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 3,056 3,017 3,002 3,038 3,028 3,124 3,164 3,094 3,049 3,091 3,057 3,022 3,062
Employment 2,705 2,656 2,635 2,678 2,647 2,696 2,795 2,746 2,676 2,724 2,725 2,696 2,698
Unemployment 351 361 367 360 381 428 369 348 373 367 332 326 364
Unemployment Rate 11.5% 12.0% 12.2% 11.8% 12.6% 13.7% 11.7% 11.2% 12.2% 11.9% 10.9% 10.8% 11.9%
                         
2004
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,962 2,901 2,913 2,869 2,840 2,735 2,688 2,697 2,746 3,002 3,002 3,068 2,869
Employment 2,575 2,498 2,499 2,470 2,443 2,302 2,309 2,348 2,373 2,626 2,644 2,740 2,486
Unemployment 387 403 414 399 397 433 379 349 373 376 358 328 383
Unemployment Rate 13.1% 13.9% 14.2% 13.9% 14.0% 15.8% 14.1% 12.9% 13.6% 12.5% 11.9% 10.7% 13.3%
                         
2003
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,936 2,901 2,954 2,972 3,012 2,970 3,062 3,003 2,945 3,026 2,962 3,005 2,979
Employment 2,562 2,502 2,552 2,548 2,578 2,528 2,623 2,612 2,560 2,663 2,616 2,660 2,584
Unemployment 374 399 402 424 434 442 439 391 385 363 346 345 395
Unemployment Rate 12.7% 13.8% 13.6% 14.3% 14.4% 14.9% 14.3% 13.0% 13.1% 12.0% 11.7% 11.5% 13.3%
                         
2002
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 3,046 2,977 3,069 2,989 3,092 3,174 3,221 3,181 3,061 3,031 3,008 2,912 3,064
Employment 2,721 2,646 2,706 2,630 2,711 2,780 2,846 2,838 2,702 2,685 2,686 2,592 2,712
Unemployment 325 331 363 359 381 394 375 343 359 346 322 320 352
Unemployment Rate 10.7% 11.1% 11.8% 12.0% 12.3% 12.4% 11.6% 10.8% 11.7% 11.4% 10.7% 11.0% 11.5%
                         
2001
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,939 2,976 2,998 2,983 3,061 3,030 2,924 3,111 3,143 3,162 3,069 2,908 3,025
Employment 2,623 2,644 2,685 2,668 2,723 2,680 2,617 2,830 2,869 2,900 2,791 2,639 2,722
Unemployment 316 332 313 315 338 350 307 281 274 262 278 269 303
Unemployment Rate 10.8% 11.2% 10.4% 10.6% 11.0% 11.6% 10.5% 9.0% 8.7% 8.3% 9.1% 9.3% 10.0%
                         
2000
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,850 2,832 2,828 2,852 2,974 3,059 2,876 2,882 3,009 3,119 3,077 2,995 2,946
Employment 2,597 2,559 2,565 2,583 2,690 2,754 2,596 2,619 2,745 2,864 2,822 2,739 2,678
Unemployment 253 273 263 269 284 305 280 263 264 255 255 256 268
Unemployment Rate 8.9% 9.6% 9.3% 9.4% 9.5% 10.0% 9.7% 9.1% 8.8% 8.2% 8.3% 8.5% 9.1%
                         
1999
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,156 2,189 2,166 2,120 2,062 2,026 2,026 1,946 1,977 1,973 1,986 2,023 2,055
Employment 1,885 1,898 1,901 1,846 1,749 1,692 1,704 1,662 1,685 1,719 1,719 1,776 1,770
Unemployment 271 291 265 274 313 334 322 284 292 254 267 247 285
Unemployment Rate 12.6% 13.3% 12.2% 12.9% 15.2% 16.5% 15.9% 14.6% 14.8% 12.9% 13.4% 12.2% 13.9%
                         
1998
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,218 2,239 2,219 2,229 2,195 2,222 2,191 2,184 2,187 2,202 2,203 2,210 2,209
Employment 2,005 1,997 1,978 1,980 1,894 1,898 1,923 1,919 1,922 1,963 1,942 1,976 1,950
Unemployment 213 242 241 249 301 324 268 265 265 239 261 234 259
Unemployment Rate 9.6% 10.8% 10.9% 11.2% 13.7% 14.6% 12.2% 12.1% 12.1% 10.9% 11.8% 10.6% 11.7%
                         
1997
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,191 2,226 2,218 2,130 2,174 2,215 2,245 2,171 2,187 2,168 2,090 2,147 2,180
Employment 1,869 1,841 1,844 1,805 1,803 1,816 1,862 1,850 1,874 1,915 1,880 1,962 1,860
Unemployment 322 385 374 325 371 399 383 321 313 253 210 185 320
Unemployment Rate 14.7% 17.3% 16.9% 15.3% 17.1% 18.0% 17.1% 14.8% 14.3% 11.7% 10.0% 8.6% 14.7%
                         
1996
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,219 2,440 2,346 2,291 2,282 2,277 2,338 2,188 2,209 2,189 2,143 2,209 2,261
Employment 1,872 1,892 1,931 1,873 1,789 1,793 1,864 1,832 1,817 1,855 1,849 1,890 1,855
Unemployment 347 548 415 418 493 484 474 356 392 334 294 319 406
Unemployment Rate 15.6% 22.5% 17.7% 18.2% 21.6% 21.3% 20.3% 16.3% 17.7% 15.3% 13.7% 14.4% 18.0%
                         
1995
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,218 2,241 2,227 2,141 2,181 2,330 2,253 2,166 2,182 2,200 2,224 2,227 2,216
Employment 1,868 1,865 1,865 1,803 1,784 1,838 1,833 1,831 1,851 1,900 1,905 1,930 1,856
Unemployment 350 376 362 338 397 492 420 335 331 300 319 297 360
Unemployment Rate 15.8% 16.8% 16.3% 15.8% 18.2% 21.1% 18.6% 15.5% 15.2% 13.6% 14.3% 13.3% 16.2%
                         
1994
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,260 2,298 2,335 2,264 2,257 2,344 2,263 2,238 2,262 2,258 2,256 2,237 2,273
Employment 1,942 1,925 1,945 1,880 1,866 1,908 1,910 1,913 1,934 1,945 1,944 1,965 1,923
Unemployment 318 373 390 384 391 436 353 325 328 313 312 272 350
Unemployment Rate 14.1% 16.2% 16.7% 17.0% 17.3% 18.6% 15.6% 14.5% 14.5% 13.9% 13.8% 12.2% 15.4%
                         
1993
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,109 2,213 2,231 2,169 2,162 2,308 2,186 2,183 2,138 2,185 2,156 2,157 2,183
Employment 1,780 1,842 1,854 1,803 1,769 1,832 1,801 1,789 1,762 1,836 1,852 1,856 1,815
Unemployment 329 371 377 366 393 476 385 394 376 349 304 301 368
Unemployment Rate 15.6% 16.8% 16.9% 16.9% 18.2% 20.6% 17.6% 18.0% 17.6% 16.0% 14.1% 14.0% 16.9%
                         
1992
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,109 2,130 2,128 2,133 2,161 2,197 2,187 2,198 2,167 2,241 2,237 2,203 2,175
Employment 1,726 1,718 1,741 1,715 1,683 1,683 1,709 1,719 1,686 1,781 1,810 1,820 1,733
Unemployment 383 412 387 418 478 514 478 479 481 460 427 383 442
Unemployment Rate 18.2% 19.3% 18.2% 19.6% 22.1% 23.4% 21.9% 21.8% 22.2% 20.5% 19.1% 17.4% 20.3%
                         
1991
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,048 2,141 2,164 2,187 2,237 2,270 2,208 2,170 2,203 2,181 2,139 2,130 2,174
Employment 1,826 1,847 1,862 1,864 1,867 1,859 1,800 1,811 1,800 1,807 1,792 1,783 1,827
Unemployment 222 294 302 323 370 411 408 359 403 374 347 347 347
Unemployment Rate 10.8% 13.7% 14.0% 14.8% 16.5% 18.1% 18.5% 16.5% 18.3% 17.1% 16.2% 16.3% 16.0%
                         
1990
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 1,939 1,947 1,999 2,041 2,174 2,347 2,230 2,230 2,132 2,121 2,042 2,051 2,105
Employment 1,661 1,682 1,685 1,690 1,742 1,881 1,857 1,890 1,841 1,861 1,841 1,860 1,791
Unemployment 278 265 314 351 432 466 373 340 291 260 201 191 314
Unemployment Rate 14.3% 13.6% 15.7% 17.2% 19.9% 19.9% 16.7% 15.2% 13.6% 12.3% 9.8% 9.3% 14.9%

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.