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Northwest Arctic Borough Not Seasonally Adjusted Labor Force Data
1990 to 2021

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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.

                         
2021
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 3,038 3,022 2,887
Employment 2,733 2,698 2,536
Unemployment 305 324 351
Unemployment Rate 10.0% 10.7% 12.2%
                         
2020
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,920 2,943 2,899 2,878 2,942 2,941 2,797 2,872 2,846 3,010 3,098 3,156 2,942
Employment 2,597 2,578 2,522 2,498 2,505 2,457 2,335 2,602 2,564 2,742 2,804 2,876 2,590
Unemployment 323 365 377 380 437 484 462 270 282 268 294 280 352
Unemployment Rate 11.1% 12.4% 13.0% 13.2% 14.9% 16.5% 16.5% 9.4% 9.9% 8.9% 9.5% 8.9% 12.0%
                         
2019
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,832 2,877 2,859 2,820 2,847 2,888 2,988 2,896 2,896 2,959 3,049 2,984 2,908
Employment 2,479 2,503 2,502 2,467 2,480 2,441 2,569 2,535 2,562 2,633 2,678 2,656 2,542
Unemployment 353 374 357 353 367 447 419 361 334 326 371 328 366
Unemployment Rate 12.5% 13.0% 12.5% 12.5% 12.9% 15.5% 14.0% 12.5% 11.5% 11.0% 12.2% 11.0% 12.6%
                         
2018
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,873 2,886 2,869 2,881 2,877 2,850 2,963 2,919 2,910 3,045 3,054 3,000 2,927
Employment 2,471 2,470 2,487 2,500 2,504 2,398 2,559 2,558 2,587 2,731 2,729 2,695 2,557
Unemployment 402 416 382 381 373 452 404 361 323 314 325 305 370
Unemployment Rate 14.0% 14.4% 13.3% 13.2% 13.0% 15.9% 13.6% 12.4% 11.1% 10.3% 10.6% 10.2% 12.6%
                         
2017
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,903 2,953 2,898 2,925 2,879 3,016 2,955 2,948 2,952 3,013 2,980 2,976 2,950
Employment 2,438 2,463 2,444 2,452 2,401 2,495 2,469 2,480 2,548 2,625 2,586 2,608 2,501
Unemployment 465 490 454 473 478 521 486 468 404 388 394 368 449
Unemployment Rate 16.0% 16.6% 15.7% 16.2% 16.6% 17.3% 16.4% 15.9% 13.7% 12.9% 13.2% 12.4% 15.2%
                         
2016
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,928 2,882 2,915 2,934 2,959 3,042 2,953 2,960 2,887 2,960 2,941 3,038 2,950
Employment 2,491 2,420 2,451 2,456 2,483 2,532 2,489 2,518 2,471 2,511 2,528 2,598 2,496
Unemployment 437 462 464 478 476 510 464 442 416 449 413 440 454
Unemployment Rate 14.9% 16.0% 15.9% 16.3% 16.1% 16.8% 15.7% 14.9% 14.4% 15.2% 14.0% 14.5% 15.4%
                         
2015
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,876 2,878 2,882 2,781 2,893 3,002 2,993 2,947 2,808 2,867 2,879 2,915 2,893
Employment 2,425 2,387 2,404 2,316 2,405 2,504 2,509 2,537 2,399 2,469 2,475 2,500 2,444
Unemployment 451 491 478 465 488 498 484 410 409 398 404 415 449
Unemployment Rate 15.7% 17.1% 16.6% 16.7% 16.9% 16.6% 16.2% 13.9% 14.6% 13.9% 14.0% 14.2% 15.5%
                         
2014
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,993 2,970 2,971 2,959 3,015 3,075 3,105 3,001 2,945 2,979 2,954 2,931 2,991
Employment 2,423 2,371 2,391 2,435 2,488 2,529 2,581 2,542 2,486 2,562 2,543 2,530 2,490
Unemployment 570 599 580 524 527 546 524 459 459 417 411 401 501
Unemployment Rate 19.0% 20.2% 19.5% 17.7% 17.5% 17.8% 16.9% 15.3% 15.6% 14.0% 13.9% 13.7% 16.8%
                         
2013
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,944 2,967 2,964 2,927 3,019 3,208 3,155 3,062 3,109 3,174 3,084 3,029 3,054
Employment 2,435 2,429 2,466 2,458 2,530 2,673 2,679 2,602 2,595 2,662 2,568 2,514 2,551
Unemployment 509 538 498 469 489 535 476 460 514 512 516 515 503
Unemployment Rate 17.3% 18.1% 16.8% 16.0% 16.2% 16.7% 15.1% 15.0% 16.5% 16.1% 16.7% 17.0% 16.5%
                         
2012
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 3,001 3,027 2,996 2,964 3,011 3,131 3,117 3,043 3,015 3,030 2,956 2,988 3,024
Employment 2,503 2,512 2,459 2,465 2,508 2,602 2,631 2,588 2,563 2,605 2,532 2,532 2,542
Unemployment 498 515 537 499 503 529 486 455 452 425 424 456 482
Unemployment Rate 16.6% 17.0% 17.9% 16.8% 16.7% 16.9% 15.6% 15.0% 15.0% 14.0% 14.3% 15.3% 15.9%
                         
2011
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,959 2,941 2,978 3,008 2,991 3,066 3,107 2,971 2,967 2,965 2,891 2,921 2,980
Employment 2,494 2,446 2,485 2,533 2,533 2,563 2,637 2,522 2,494 2,508 2,440 2,465 2,510
Unemployment 465 495 493 475 458 503 470 449 473 457 451 456 470
Unemployment Rate 15.7% 16.8% 16.6% 15.8% 15.3% 16.4% 15.1% 15.1% 15.9% 15.4% 15.6% 15.6% 15.8%
                         
2010
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,897 2,940 2,960 2,960 2,938 2,957 3,009 2,979 2,891 3,013 3,028 2,969 2,962
Employment 2,501 2,487 2,505 2,530 2,505 2,514 2,609 2,591 2,506 2,637 2,642 2,586 2,551
Unemployment 396 453 455 430 433 443 400 388 385 376 386 383 411
Unemployment Rate 13.7% 15.4% 15.4% 14.5% 14.7% 15.0% 13.3% 13.0% 13.3% 12.5% 12.7% 12.9% 13.9%
                         
2009
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,949 2,949 2,925 2,921 2,890 3,048 3,049 3,009 2,875 3,081 3,102 3,073 2,989
Employment 2,615 2,583 2,548 2,546 2,496 2,623 2,666 2,659 2,523 2,740 2,755 2,727 2,623
Unemployment 334 366 377 375 394 425 383 350 352 341 347 346 366
Unemployment Rate 11.3% 12.4% 12.9% 12.8% 13.6% 13.9% 12.6% 11.6% 12.2% 11.1% 11.2% 11.3% 12.2%
                         
2008
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 3,019 3,018 3,017 2,886 2,860 2,972 2,987 3,039 2,884 3,026 2,964 2,952 2,969
Employment 2,686 2,653 2,634 2,530 2,493 2,609 2,646 2,729 2,577 2,730 2,687 2,672 2,637
Unemployment 333 365 383 356 367 363 341 310 307 296 277 280 332
Unemployment Rate 11.0% 12.1% 12.7% 12.3% 12.8% 12.2% 11.4% 10.2% 10.6% 9.8% 9.3% 9.5% 11.2%
                         
2007
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,959 2,910 2,895 2,905 2,859 2,965 3,004 2,991 2,975 3,052 3,057 2,974 2,962
Employment 2,623 2,576 2,577 2,578 2,505 2,619 2,671 2,700 2,682 2,755 2,768 2,676 2,644
Unemployment 336 334 318 327 354 346 333 291 293 297 289 298 318
Unemployment Rate 11.4% 11.5% 11.0% 11.3% 12.4% 11.7% 11.1% 9.7% 9.8% 9.7% 9.5% 10.0% 10.7%
                         
2006
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,902 2,931 2,923 2,890 2,919 2,964 3,067 3,051 2,958 2,925 2,947 2,987 2,956
Employment 2,578 2,578 2,582 2,545 2,566 2,588 2,706 2,731 2,626 2,623 2,630 2,685 2,620
Unemployment 324 353 341 345 353 376 361 320 332 302 317 302 336
Unemployment Rate 11.2% 12.0% 11.7% 11.9% 12.1% 12.7% 11.8% 10.5% 11.2% 10.3% 10.8% 10.1% 11.4%
                         
2005
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 3,044 3,022 3,002 3,042 3,018 3,117 3,146 3,077 3,061 3,093 3,064 3,024 3,059
Employment 2,699 2,657 2,635 2,678 2,639 2,695 2,780 2,737 2,677 2,724 2,714 2,690 2,694
Unemployment 345 365 367 364 379 422 366 340 384 369 350 334 365
Unemployment Rate 11.3% 12.1% 12.2% 12.0% 12.6% 13.5% 11.6% 11.0% 12.5% 11.9% 11.4% 11.0% 11.9%
                         
2004
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,972 2,905 2,934 2,880 2,846 2,737 2,686 2,689 2,746 3,006 3,016 3,074 2,875
Employment 2,589 2,510 2,510 2,478 2,448 2,303 2,311 2,347 2,378 2,636 2,652 2,739 2,492
Unemployment 383 395 424 402 398 434 375 342 368 370 364 335 383
Unemployment Rate 12.9% 13.6% 14.5% 14.0% 14.0% 15.9% 14.0% 12.7% 13.4% 12.3% 12.1% 10.9% 13.3%
                         
2003
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,948 2,914 2,950 2,976 3,012 2,980 3,046 2,989 2,955 3,032 2,977 3,016 2,983
Employment 2,582 2,525 2,559 2,558 2,589 2,532 2,619 2,606 2,575 2,680 2,627 2,676 2,594
Unemployment 366 389 391 418 423 448 427 383 380 352 350 340 389
Unemployment Rate 12.4% 13.3% 13.3% 14.0% 14.0% 15.0% 14.0% 12.8% 12.9% 11.6% 11.8% 11.3% 13.0%
                         
2002
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 3,046 2,991 3,088 2,998 3,092 3,178 3,208 3,176 3,073 3,033 3,010 2,912 3,067
Employment 2,718 2,668 2,720 2,635 2,726 2,791 2,848 2,840 2,726 2,703 2,688 2,587 2,721
Unemployment 328 323 368 363 366 387 360 336 347 330 322 325 346
Unemployment Rate 10.8% 10.8% 11.9% 12.1% 11.8% 12.2% 11.2% 10.6% 11.3% 10.9% 10.7% 11.2% 11.3%
                         
2001
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,947 2,975 3,013 2,987 3,043 3,012 2,904 3,099 3,136 3,180 3,082 2,919 3,025
Employment 2,636 2,657 2,702 2,677 2,726 2,681 2,616 2,820 2,869 2,916 2,800 2,644 2,729
Unemployment 311 318 311 310 317 331 288 279 267 264 282 275 296
Unemployment Rate 10.6% 10.7% 10.3% 10.4% 10.4% 11.0% 9.9% 9.0% 8.5% 8.3% 9.1% 9.4% 9.8%
                         
2000
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,848 2,845 2,850 2,857 2,980 3,062 2,859 2,877 3,005 3,120 3,074 2,999 2,948
Employment 2,604 2,580 2,585 2,590 2,692 2,759 2,585 2,609 2,739 2,871 2,819 2,749 2,682
Unemployment 244 265 265 267 288 303 274 268 266 249 255 250 266
Unemployment Rate 8.6% 9.3% 9.3% 9.3% 9.7% 9.9% 9.6% 9.3% 8.9% 8.0% 8.3% 8.3% 9.0%
                         
1999
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,154 2,197 2,171 2,123 2,063 2,020 2,026 1,942 1,981 1,974 1,987 2,026 2,055
Employment 1,889 1,908 1,910 1,849 1,751 1,694 1,703 1,659 1,688 1,719 1,720 1,785 1,773
Unemployment 265 289 261 274 312 326 323 283 293 255 267 241 282
Unemployment Rate 12.3% 13.2% 12.0% 12.9% 15.1% 16.1% 15.9% 14.6% 14.8% 12.9% 13.4% 11.9% 13.7%
                         
1998
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,214 2,225 2,224 2,217 2,190 2,220 2,178 2,177 2,192 2,210 2,207 2,204 2,205
Employment 2,008 1,990 1,977 1,977 1,893 1,896 1,908 1,912 1,918 1,963 1,943 1,973 1,947
Unemployment 206 235 247 240 297 324 270 265 274 247 264 231 258
Unemployment Rate 9.3% 10.6% 11.1% 10.8% 13.6% 14.6% 12.4% 12.2% 12.5% 11.2% 12.0% 10.5% 11.7%
                         
1997
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,175 2,212 2,215 2,118 2,162 2,186 2,229 2,154 2,183 2,153 2,085 2,145 2,168
Employment 1,860 1,841 1,844 1,801 1,808 1,806 1,863 1,846 1,875 1,910 1,882 1,965 1,858
Unemployment 315 371 371 317 354 380 366 308 308 243 203 180 310
Unemployment Rate 14.5% 16.8% 16.7% 15.0% 16.4% 17.4% 16.4% 14.3% 14.1% 11.3% 9.7% 8.4% 14.3%
                         
1996
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,206 2,419 2,344 2,282 2,270 2,248 2,324 2,161 2,186 2,181 2,134 2,195 2,246
Employment 1,857 1,887 1,930 1,869 1,779 1,790 1,859 1,832 1,812 1,864 1,843 1,888 1,851
Unemployment 349 532 414 413 491 458 465 329 374 317 291 307 395
Unemployment Rate 15.8% 22.0% 17.7% 18.1% 21.6% 20.4% 20.0% 15.2% 17.1% 14.5% 13.6% 14.0% 17.6%
                         
1995
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,210 2,207 2,210 2,152 2,177 2,307 2,249 2,159 2,179 2,193 2,222 2,211 2,206
Employment 1,864 1,848 1,855 1,803 1,774 1,818 1,820 1,826 1,841 1,895 1,903 1,920 1,847
Unemployment 346 359 355 349 403 489 429 333 338 298 319 291 359
Unemployment Rate 15.7% 16.3% 16.1% 16.2% 18.5% 21.2% 19.1% 15.4% 15.5% 13.6% 14.4% 13.2% 16.3%
                         
1994
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,257 2,302 2,329 2,256 2,242 2,322 2,246 2,230 2,255 2,248 2,236 2,221 2,262
Employment 1,929 1,923 1,931 1,865 1,856 1,897 1,892 1,903 1,925 1,935 1,928 1,960 1,912
Unemployment 328 379 398 391 386 425 354 327 330 313 308 261 350
Unemployment Rate 14.5% 16.5% 17.1% 17.3% 17.2% 18.3% 15.8% 14.7% 14.6% 13.9% 13.8% 11.8% 15.5%
                         
1993
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,095 2,204 2,234 2,148 2,159 2,309 2,178 2,172 2,128 2,184 2,160 2,138 2,176
Employment 1,767 1,830 1,857 1,783 1,757 1,826 1,792 1,777 1,752 1,823 1,853 1,841 1,805
Unemployment 328 374 377 365 402 483 386 395 376 361 307 297 371
Unemployment Rate 15.7% 17.0% 16.9% 17.0% 18.6% 20.9% 17.7% 18.2% 17.7% 16.5% 14.2% 13.9% 17.0%
                         
1992
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,094 2,119 2,118 2,117 2,153 2,200 2,181 2,191 2,171 2,214 2,244 2,202 2,168
Employment 1,716 1,710 1,738 1,712 1,676 1,679 1,710 1,716 1,691 1,765 1,810 1,819 1,729
Unemployment 378 409 380 405 477 521 471 475 480 449 434 383 439
Unemployment Rate 18.1% 19.3% 17.9% 19.1% 22.2% 23.7% 21.6% 21.7% 22.1% 20.3% 19.3% 17.4% 20.2%
                         
1991
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 2,043 2,144 2,171 2,202 2,240 2,256 2,201 2,164 2,196 2,166 2,124 2,123 2,169
Employment 1,822 1,842 1,860 1,882 1,863 1,852 1,805 1,823 1,808 1,807 1,789 1,787 1,828
Unemployment 221 302 311 320 377 404 396 341 388 359 335 336 341
Unemployment Rate 10.8% 14.1% 14.3% 14.5% 16.8% 17.9% 18.0% 15.8% 17.7% 16.6% 15.8% 15.8% 15.7%
                         
1990
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 1,971 1,965 2,018 2,062 2,199 2,336 2,251 2,242 2,146 2,139 2,059 2,061 2,121
Employment 1,684 1,699 1,710 1,694 1,749 1,889 1,878 1,900 1,845 1,877 1,852 1,865 1,804
Unemployment 287 266 308 368 450 447 373 342 301 262 207 196 317
Unemployment Rate 14.6% 13.5% 15.3% 17.8% 20.5% 19.1% 16.6% 15.3% 14.0% 12.2% 10.1% 9.5% 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.