Northwest Arctic Borough Not Seasonally Adjusted Labor Force Data
1990 to 2017

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.

                         
2017
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,727 2,676 2,660 2,741 2,778 2,911
Employment 2,277 2,185 2,188 2,230 2,256 2,343
Unemployment 450 491 472 511 522 568
Unemployment Rate 16.5% 18.3% 17.7% 18.6% 18.8% 19.5%
                         
2016
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,947 2,895 2,910 2,912 2,960 3,061 3,007 3,001 2,865 2,704 2,669 2,733 2,889
Employment 2,493 2,419 2,444 2,434 2,469 2,543 2,544 2,559 2,462 2,262 2,264 2,310 2,434
Unemployment 454 476 466 478 491 518 463 442 403 442 405 423 455
Unemployment Rate 15.4% 16.4% 16.0% 16.4% 16.6% 16.9% 15.4% 14.7% 14.1% 16.3% 15.2% 15.5% 15.7%
                         
2015
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,875 2,891 2,883 2,786 2,884 3,024 3,016 2,965 2,832 2,881 2,879 2,906 2,902
Employment 2,416 2,385 2,392 2,309 2,395 2,516 2,518 2,536 2,400 2,475 2,470 2,493 2,442
Unemployment 459 506 491 477 489 508 498 429 432 406 409 413 460
Unemployment Rate 16.0% 17.5% 17.0% 17.1% 17.0% 16.8% 16.5% 14.5% 15.3% 14.1% 14.2% 14.2% 15.9%
                         
2014
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 3,017 2,985 2,962 2,997 3,023 3,109 3,125 3,028 2,962 2,997 2,960 2,957 3,010
Employment 2,435 2,381 2,388 2,443 2,487 2,541 2,600 2,568 2,488 2,563 2,545 2,538 2,498
Unemployment 582 604 574 554 536 568 525 460 474 434 415 419 512
Unemployment Rate 19.3% 20.2% 19.4% 18.5% 17.7% 18.3% 16.8% 15.2% 16.0% 14.5% 14.0% 14.2% 17.0%
                         
2013
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,940 2,966 2,977 2,941 3,019 3,215 3,172 3,086 3,117 3,190 3,094 3,059 3,065
Employment 2,451 2,429 2,477 2,467 2,537 2,688 2,704 2,625 2,603 2,687 2,580 2,532 2,565
Unemployment 489 537 500 474 482 527 468 461 514 503 514 527 500
Unemployment Rate 16.6% 18.1% 16.8% 16.1% 16.0% 16.4% 14.8% 14.9% 16.5% 15.8% 16.6% 17.2% 16.3%
                         
2012
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 3,025 3,035 2,997 2,978 3,017 3,139 3,127 3,060 3,024 3,034 2,967 2,983 3,032
Employment 2,526 2,521 2,465 2,471 2,521 2,617 2,660 2,611 2,570 2,608 2,548 2,541 2,555
Unemployment 499 514 532 507 496 522 467 449 454 426 419 442 477
Unemployment Rate 16.5% 16.9% 17.8% 17.0% 16.4% 16.6% 14.9% 14.7% 15.0% 14.0% 14.1% 14.8% 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 2,875 2,913 2,924 2,916 2,930 2,960 3,004 2,970 2,879 3,010 3,018 2,966 2,947
Employment 2,499 2,483 2,497 2,503 2,507 2,518 2,611 2,592 2,502 2,639 2,651 2,599 2,550
Unemployment 376 430 427 413 423 442 393 378 377 371 367 367 397
Unemployment Rate 13.1% 14.8% 14.6% 14.2% 14.4% 14.9% 13.1% 12.7% 13.1% 12.3% 12.2% 12.4% 13.5%
                         
2009
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,946 2,934 2,905 2,898 2,864 3,034 3,041 2,992 2,868 3,077 3,088 3,078 2,978
Employment 2,620 2,582 2,548 2,540 2,495 2,618 2,666 2,645 2,523 2,748 2,760 2,737 2,624
Unemployment 326 352 357 358 369 416 375 347 345 329 328 341 354
Unemployment Rate 11.1% 12.0% 12.3% 12.4% 12.9% 13.7% 12.3% 11.6% 12.0% 10.7% 10.6% 11.1% 11.9%
                         
2008
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 3,048 3,031 3,020 2,888 2,850 2,977 2,994 3,030 2,890 3,031 2,965 2,943 2,973
Employment 2,712 2,669 2,637 2,537 2,494 2,611 2,654 2,715 2,581 2,742 2,694 2,665 2,643
Unemployment 336 362 383 351 356 366 340 315 309 289 271 278 330
Unemployment Rate 11.0% 11.9% 12.7% 12.2% 12.5% 12.3% 11.4% 10.4% 10.7% 9.5% 9.1% 9.4% 11.1%
                         
2007
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,965 2,921 2,887 2,907 2,852 2,971 3,000 3,005 2,984 3,065 3,064 2,989 2,968
Employment 2,634 2,594 2,579 2,595 2,521 2,634 2,677 2,713 2,694 2,772 2,786 2,693 2,658
Unemployment 331 327 308 312 331 337 323 292 290 293 278 296 310
Unemployment Rate 11.2% 11.2% 10.7% 10.7% 11.6% 11.3% 10.8% 9.7% 9.7% 9.6% 9.1% 9.9% 10.4%
                         
2006
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,920 2,939 2,921 2,896 2,900 2,950 3,057 3,048 2,955 2,926 2,936 2,995 2,953
Employment 2,593 2,580 2,582 2,557 2,560 2,577 2,706 2,726 2,628 2,633 2,635 2,703 2,623
Unemployment 327 359 339 339 340 373 351 322 327 293 301 292 330
Unemployment Rate 11.2% 12.2% 11.6% 11.7% 11.7% 12.6% 11.5% 10.6% 11.1% 10.0% 10.3% 9.7% 11.2%
                         
2005
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 3,060 3,026 2,991 3,035 3,005 3,105 3,141 3,083 3,063 3,093 3,068 3,037 3,059
Employment 2,711 2,656 2,630 2,674 2,641 2,687 2,780 2,736 2,676 2,732 2,729 2,704 2,696
Unemployment 349 370 361 361 364 418 361 347 387 361 339 333 363
Unemployment Rate 11.4% 12.2% 12.1% 11.9% 12.1% 13.5% 11.5% 11.3% 12.6% 11.7% 11.0% 11.0% 11.9%
                         
2004
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 3,008 2,945 2,953 2,907 2,860 2,758 2,701 2,721 2,761 3,006 3,015 3,089 2,894
Employment 2,619 2,543 2,536 2,503 2,473 2,321 2,322 2,364 2,388 2,642 2,663 2,754 2,511
Unemployment 389 402 417 404 387 437 379 357 373 364 352 335 383
Unemployment Rate 12.9% 13.7% 14.1% 13.9% 13.5% 15.8% 14.0% 13.1% 13.5% 12.1% 11.7% 10.8% 13.2%
                         
2003
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,977 2,942 2,984 3,018 3,038 3,022 3,088 3,051 2,990 3,059 3,011 3,057 3,020
Employment 2,603 2,542 2,590 2,595 2,615 2,561 2,654 2,648 2,604 2,716 2,674 2,716 2,627
Unemployment 374 400 394 423 423 461 434 403 386 343 337 341 393
Unemployment Rate 12.6% 13.6% 13.2% 14.0% 13.9% 15.3% 14.1% 13.2% 12.9% 11.2% 11.2% 11.2% 13.0%
                         
2002
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 3,066 2,992 3,082 3,010 3,093 3,186 3,225 3,206 3,086 3,039 3,013 2,936 3,078
Employment 2,745 2,672 2,728 2,655 2,738 2,800 2,861 2,857 2,735 2,712 2,703 2,610 2,735
Unemployment 321 320 354 355 355 386 364 349 351 327 310 326 343
Unemployment Rate 10.5% 10.7% 11.5% 11.8% 11.5% 12.1% 11.3% 10.9% 11.4% 10.8% 10.3% 11.1% 11.1%
                         
2001
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,960 2,984 3,004 2,987 3,029 3,016 2,898 3,103 3,135 3,158 3,060 2,921 3,021
Employment 2,646 2,661 2,697 2,680 2,727 2,682 2,613 2,816 2,877 2,912 2,804 2,660 2,731
Unemployment 314 323 307 307 302 334 285 287 258 246 256 261 290
Unemployment Rate 10.6% 10.8% 10.2% 10.3% 10.0% 11.1% 9.8% 9.2% 8.2% 7.8% 8.4% 8.9% 9.6%
                         
2000
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,854 2,841 2,835 2,857 2,955 3,042 2,845 2,876 2,993 3,109 3,065 2,996 2,939
Employment 2,609 2,574 2,575 2,596 2,681 2,743 2,579 2,605 2,741 2,872 2,829 2,752 2,680
Unemployment 245 267 260 261 274 299 266 271 252 237 236 244 259
Unemployment Rate 8.6% 9.4% 9.2% 9.1% 9.3% 9.8% 9.3% 9.4% 8.4% 7.6% 7.7% 8.1% 8.8%
                         
1999
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,152 2,185 2,153 2,101 2,030 2,009 2,003 1,929 1,951 1,960 1,964 2,012 2,037
Employment 1,890 1,904 1,902 1,846 1,748 1,689 1,697 1,652 1,675 1,717 1,718 1,779 1,768
Unemployment 262 281 251 255 282 320 306 277 276 243 246 233 269
Unemployment Rate 12.2% 12.9% 11.7% 12.1% 13.9% 15.9% 15.3% 14.4% 14.1% 12.4% 12.5% 11.6% 13.2%
                         
1998
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,196 2,209 2,195 2,191 2,157 2,194 2,163 2,164 2,168 2,192 2,183 2,201 2,185
Employment 1,993 1,981 1,959 1,965 1,877 1,880 1,905 1,904 1,912 1,958 1,938 1,978 1,938
Unemployment 203 228 236 226 280 314 258 260 256 234 245 223 247
Unemployment Rate 9.2% 10.3% 10.8% 10.3% 13.0% 14.3% 11.9% 12.0% 11.8% 10.7% 11.2% 10.1% 11.3%
                         
1997
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,194 2,224 2,225 2,116 2,153 2,194 2,224 2,164 2,176 2,157 2,078 2,135 2,170
Employment 1,868 1,837 1,841 1,797 1,793 1,802 1,850 1,841 1,869 1,914 1,883 1,960 1,855
Unemployment 326 387 384 319 360 392 374 323 307 243 195 175 315
Unemployment Rate 14.9% 17.4% 17.3% 15.1% 16.7% 17.9% 16.8% 14.9% 14.1% 11.3% 9.4% 8.2% 14.5%
                         
1996
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,217 2,432 2,338 2,272 2,269 2,246 2,324 2,162 2,184 2,181 2,140 2,206 2,247
Employment 1,868 1,891 1,926 1,867 1,779 1,783 1,854 1,821 1,813 1,858 1,850 1,894 1,850
Unemployment 349 541 412 405 490 463 470 341 371 323 290 312 397
Unemployment Rate 15.7% 22.2% 17.6% 17.8% 21.6% 20.6% 20.2% 15.8% 17.0% 14.8% 13.6% 14.1% 17.7%
                         
1995
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,214 2,230 2,217 2,142 2,172 2,302 2,244 2,153 2,168 2,199 2,219 2,215 2,207
Employment 1,874 1,870 1,870 1,808 1,782 1,829 1,831 1,826 1,850 1,907 1,912 1,932 1,858
Unemployment 340 360 347 334 390 473 413 327 318 292 307 283 349
Unemployment Rate 15.4% 16.1% 15.7% 15.6% 18.0% 20.5% 18.4% 15.2% 14.7% 13.3% 13.8% 12.8% 15.8%
                         
1994
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,258 2,289 2,317 2,249 2,238 2,320 2,243 2,224 2,238 2,253 2,245 2,227 2,259
Employment 1,934 1,913 1,925 1,869 1,859 1,893 1,895 1,899 1,920 1,947 1,948 1,972 1,915
Unemployment 324 376 392 380 379 427 348 325 318 306 297 255 344
Unemployment Rate 14.3% 16.4% 16.9% 16.9% 16.9% 18.4% 15.5% 14.6% 14.2% 13.6% 13.2% 11.5% 15.2%
                         
1993
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,113 2,218 2,220 2,147 2,156 2,297 2,170 2,165 2,106 2,172 2,136 2,138 2,170
Employment 1,780 1,837 1,842 1,786 1,758 1,819 1,787 1,778 1,750 1,826 1,846 1,852 1,805
Unemployment 333 381 378 361 398 478 383 387 356 346 290 286 365
Unemployment Rate 15.8% 17.2% 17.0% 16.8% 18.5% 20.8% 17.6% 17.9% 16.9% 15.9% 13.6% 13.4% 16.8%
                         
1992
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,140 2,154 2,141 2,134 2,178 2,217 2,194 2,208 2,167 2,247 2,250 2,207 2,187
Employment 1,749 1,731 1,750 1,723 1,687 1,689 1,714 1,723 1,691 1,794 1,822 1,827 1,742
Unemployment 391 423 391 411 491 528 480 485 476 453 428 380 445
Unemployment Rate 18.3% 19.6% 18.3% 19.3% 22.5% 23.8% 21.9% 22.0% 22.0% 20.2% 19.0% 17.2% 20.3%
                         
1991
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,050 2,149 2,169 2,183 2,254 2,283 2,223 2,186 2,229 2,215 2,166 2,160 2,189
Employment 1,838 1,856 1,873 1,879 1,877 1,877 1,821 1,833 1,832 1,839 1,824 1,816 1,847
Unemployment 212 293 296 304 377 406 402 353 397 376 342 344 342
Unemployment Rate 10.3% 13.6% 13.6% 13.9% 16.7% 17.8% 18.1% 16.1% 17.8% 17.0% 15.8% 15.9% 15.6%
                         
1990
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 1,982 1,978 2,012 2,063 2,204 2,335 2,240 2,237 2,119 2,111 2,029 2,045 2,113
Employment 1,701 1,711 1,707 1,708 1,757 1,892 1,874 1,909 1,835 1,864 1,839 1,862 1,805
Unemployment 281 267 305 355 447 443 366 328 284 247 190 183 308
Unemployment Rate 14.2% 13.5% 15.2% 17.2% 20.3% 19.0% 16.3% 14.7% 13.4% 11.7% 9.4% 8.9% 14.6%

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.