Anchorage/Mat-Su MSA 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 202,486 204,345 204,886 203,199 207,129 208,201
Employment 189,589 190,777 191,424 190,115 194,157 194,628
Unemployment 12,897 13,568 13,462 13,084 12,972 13,573
Unemployment Rate 6.4% 6.6% 6.6% 6.4% 6.3% 6.5%
                         
2016
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 203,117 202,173 201,532 201,018 202,428 202,905 201,989 198,924 200,367 201,929 204,644 205,097 202,177
Employment 190,538 189,137 188,941 189,046 190,545 190,317 190,453 188,045 189,024 190,637 192,913 193,309 190,242
Unemployment 12,579 13,036 12,591 11,972 11,883 12,588 11,536 10,879 11,343 11,292 11,731 11,788 11,935
Unemployment Rate 6.2% 6.4% 6.2% 6.0% 5.9% 6.2% 5.7% 5.5% 5.7% 5.6% 5.7% 5.7% 5.9%
                         
2015
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 203,092 202,208 202,060 201,015 202,988 203,777 202,722 199,269 200,433 203,265 205,175 205,427 202,620
Employment 190,970 189,821 189,901 189,663 191,895 191,939 192,110 189,281 189,951 192,566 193,741 193,951 191,316
Unemployment 12,122 12,387 12,159 11,352 11,093 11,838 10,612 9,988 10,482 10,699 11,434 11,476 11,304
Unemployment Rate 6.0% 6.1% 6.0% 5.6% 5.5% 5.8% 5.2% 5.0% 5.2% 5.3% 5.6% 5.6% 5.6%
                         
2014
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 203,650 202,925 202,730 201,544 203,402 204,741 203,216 200,596 201,078 203,990 205,443 205,665 203,249
Employment 190,822 189,596 189,826 189,351 191,607 191,969 191,671 189,611 190,139 193,323 194,310 194,584 191,401
Unemployment 12,828 13,329 12,904 12,193 11,795 12,772 11,545 10,985 10,939 10,667 11,133 11,081 11,848
Unemployment Rate 6.3% 6.6% 6.4% 6.0% 5.8% 6.2% 5.7% 5.5% 5.4% 5.2% 5.4% 5.4% 5.8%
                         
2013
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 203,159 201,741 200,856 200,391 202,034 203,387 202,060 199,752 200,114 202,941 205,335 205,856 202,303
Employment 190,073 188,708 188,301 188,363 190,377 190,933 190,867 189,156 189,418 191,801 193,810 194,321 190,511
Unemployment 13,086 13,033 12,555 12,028 11,657 12,454 11,193 10,596 10,696 11,140 11,525 11,535 11,792
Unemployment Rate 6.4% 6.5% 6.3% 6.0% 5.8% 6.1% 5.5% 5.3% 5.3% 5.5% 5.6% 5.6% 5.8%
                         
2012
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 202,885 201,883 201,495 200,375 201,661 202,892 202,081 200,041 199,755 203,283 204,797 205,491 202,220
Employment 189,018 187,833 187,873 187,561 189,346 189,896 190,362 189,142 188,929 192,363 193,337 193,625 189,940
Unemployment 13,867 14,050 13,622 12,814 12,315 12,996 11,719 10,899 10,826 10,920 11,460 11,866 12,280
Unemployment Rate 6.8% 7.0% 6.8% 6.4% 6.1% 6.4% 5.8% 5.4% 5.4% 5.4% 5.6% 5.8% 6.1%
                         
2011
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 202,590 201,070 200,565 200,333 201,473 203,514 202,396 200,113 200,542 203,840 205,493 206,573 202,376
Employment 187,436 185,734 185,741 186,470 188,156 189,527 189,743 188,045 188,388 191,546 192,766 193,638 188,933
Unemployment 15,154 15,336 14,824 13,863 13,317 13,987 12,653 12,068 12,154 12,294 12,727 12,935 13,443
Unemployment Rate 7.5% 7.6% 7.4% 6.9% 6.6% 6.9% 6.3% 6.0% 6.1% 6.0% 6.2% 6.3% 6.6%
                         
2010
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 198,940 197,677 197,371 196,969 198,651 200,324 200,571 197,757 197,823 201,154 202,647 203,959 199,487
Employment 183,421 181,537 181,325 181,986 184,222 185,530 187,113 184,895 184,621 187,823 188,734 190,082 185,107
Unemployment 15,519 16,140 16,046 14,983 14,429 14,794 13,458 12,862 13,202 13,331 13,913 13,877 14,380
Unemployment Rate 7.8% 8.2% 8.1% 7.6% 7.3% 7.4% 6.7% 6.5% 6.7% 6.6% 6.9% 6.8% 7.2%
                         
2009
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 196,594 196,020 195,658 194,974 195,109 195,208 192,612 191,232 193,869 197,966 199,341 199,244 195,652
Employment 183,126 182,048 181,576 181,703 181,821 180,413 179,137 178,208 180,297 184,099 185,635 185,086 181,929
Unemployment 13,468 13,972 14,082 13,271 13,288 14,795 13,475 13,024 13,572 13,867 13,706 14,158 13,723
Unemployment Rate 6.9% 7.1% 7.2% 6.8% 6.8% 7.6% 7.0% 6.8% 7.0% 7.0% 6.9% 7.1% 7.0%
                         
2008
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 194,609 193,300 193,153 193,210 191,710 192,912 190,899 189,035 191,520 196,705 197,555 198,273 193,573
Employment 183,064 181,734 181,435 182,571 181,022 181,470 180,456 178,789 181,236 186,475 186,546 186,680 182,623
Unemployment 11,545 11,566 11,718 10,639 10,688 11,442 10,443 10,246 10,284 10,230 11,009 11,593 10,950
Unemployment Rate 5.9% 6.0% 6.1% 5.5% 5.6% 5.9% 5.5% 5.4% 5.4% 5.2% 5.6% 5.8% 5.7%
                         
2007
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 192,258 191,199 190,662 189,657 188,898 191,397 190,247 186,824 188,627 192,985 195,400 196,751 191,242
Employment 180,856 179,832 179,777 179,452 179,421 180,972 180,775 177,566 178,923 183,701 185,480 185,988 181,062
Unemployment 11,402 11,367 10,885 10,205 9,477 10,425 9,472 9,258 9,704 9,284 9,920 10,763 10,180
Unemployment Rate 5.9% 5.9% 5.7% 5.4% 5.0% 5.4% 5.0% 5.0% 5.1% 4.8% 5.1% 5.5% 5.3%
                         
2006
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 190,370 190,230 189,375 189,021 188,911 189,675 187,948 186,391 188,071 192,431 193,685 195,717 190,152
Employment 178,098 177,228 177,336 177,648 178,377 178,946 177,814 176,669 178,124 183,158 183,783 185,356 179,378
Unemployment 12,272 13,002 12,039 11,373 10,534 10,729 10,134 9,722 9,947 9,273 9,902 10,361 10,774
Unemployment Rate 6.4% 6.8% 6.4% 6.0% 5.6% 5.7% 5.4% 5.2% 5.3% 4.8% 5.1% 5.3% 5.7%
                         
2005
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 185,635 185,327 184,032 184,172 183,348 184,383 182,982 181,105 184,712 188,675 190,888 192,315 185,631
Employment 173,411 172,484 172,301 173,113 173,128 173,477 172,986 171,481 174,232 178,682 179,627 180,977 174,658
Unemployment 12,224 12,843 11,731 11,059 10,220 10,906 9,996 9,624 10,480 9,993 11,261 11,338 10,973
Unemployment Rate 6.6% 6.9% 6.4% 6.0% 5.6% 5.9% 5.5% 5.3% 5.7% 5.3% 5.9% 5.9% 5.9%
                         
2004
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 183,370 182,888 182,257 180,947 180,366 182,032 179,647 178,612 179,888 183,979 187,025 188,283 182,441
Employment 170,232 169,594 169,277 168,843 169,263 169,849 168,967 168,235 169,407 173,765 176,049 176,960 170,870
Unemployment 13,138 13,294 12,980 12,104 11,103 12,183 10,680 10,377 10,481 10,214 10,976 11,323 11,571
Unemployment Rate 7.2% 7.3% 7.1% 6.7% 6.2% 6.7% 5.9% 5.8% 5.8% 5.6% 5.9% 6.0% 6.3%
                         
2003
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 182,527 181,046 179,900 180,285 179,202 182,401 177,655 176,944 178,307 181,914 184,965 185,958 180,925
Employment 169,489 167,420 167,076 167,833 167,498 169,100 166,198 165,769 167,244 171,521 173,482 174,210 168,903
Unemployment 13,038 13,626 12,824 12,452 11,704 13,301 11,457 11,175 11,063 10,393 11,483 11,748 12,022
Unemployment Rate 7.1% 7.5% 7.1% 6.9% 6.5% 7.3% 6.4% 6.3% 6.2% 5.7% 6.2% 6.3% 6.6%
                         
2002
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 176,442 175,288 174,999 174,318 174,169 178,695 174,197 173,608 175,142 177,905 179,861 181,261 176,324
Employment 165,515 164,072 163,621 163,215 164,180 167,462 164,014 163,411 165,058 168,095 169,092 169,485 165,602
Unemployment 10,927 11,216 11,378 11,103 9,989 11,233 10,183 10,197 10,084 9,810 10,769 11,776 10,722
Unemployment Rate 6.2% 6.4% 6.5% 6.4% 5.7% 6.3% 5.8% 5.9% 5.8% 5.5% 6.0% 6.5% 6.1%
                         
2001
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 174,603 171,623 171,493 171,463 170,867 173,463 169,196 167,811 169,282 172,446 174,679 176,403 171,945
Employment 164,238 161,446 161,544 162,359 162,721 164,290 161,130 159,531 161,456 164,428 166,100 167,196 163,037
Unemployment 10,365 10,177 9,949 9,104 8,146 9,173 8,066 8,280 7,826 8,018 8,579 9,207 8,908
Unemployment Rate 5.9% 5.9% 5.8% 5.3% 4.8% 5.3% 4.8% 4.9% 4.6% 4.6% 4.9% 5.2% 5.2%
                         
2000
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 171,909 170,469 170,474 169,854 168,595 169,309 166,565 165,164 165,366 169,316 171,139 173,155 169,276
Employment 161,991 160,099 160,286 160,491 159,622 159,792 158,457 156,894 157,579 161,475 162,732 164,385 160,317
Unemployment 9,918 10,370 10,188 9,363 8,973 9,517 8,108 8,270 7,787 7,841 8,407 8,770 8,959
Unemployment Rate 5.8% 6.1% 6.0% 5.5% 5.3% 5.6% 4.9% 5.0% 4.7% 4.6% 4.9% 5.1% 5.3%
                         
1999
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 172,360 170,571 169,776 168,332 169,348 172,056 170,600 169,769 168,428 172,378 174,776 176,121 171,209
Employment 162,955 160,369 160,253 159,575 161,142 162,984 162,469 162,148 160,954 164,628 166,824 167,984 162,690
Unemployment 9,405 10,202 9,523 8,757 8,206 9,072 8,131 7,621 7,474 7,750 7,952 8,137 8,519
Unemployment Rate 5.5% 6.0% 5.6% 5.2% 4.8% 5.3% 4.8% 4.5% 4.4% 4.5% 4.5% 4.6% 5.0%
                         
1998
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 167,786 165,956 166,596 165,828 167,378 169,294 167,857 166,748 166,769 170,202 171,815 173,532 168,314
Employment 158,579 156,757 157,306 157,888 159,660 160,429 160,209 159,570 159,344 162,577 164,161 165,737 160,185
Unemployment 9,207 9,199 9,290 7,940 7,718 8,865 7,648 7,178 7,425 7,625 7,654 7,795 8,129
Unemployment Rate 5.5% 5.5% 5.6% 4.8% 4.6% 5.2% 4.6% 4.3% 4.5% 4.5% 4.5% 4.5% 4.8%
                         
1997
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 165,844 163,900 164,137 162,225 163,624 164,568 164,194 164,027 163,293 166,558 169,211 169,929 165,126
Employment 154,801 152,335 152,324 151,961 154,195 154,477 155,065 155,185 154,368 158,015 160,602 161,683 155,418
Unemployment 11,043 11,565 11,813 10,264 9,429 10,091 9,129 8,842 8,925 8,543 8,609 8,246 9,708
Unemployment Rate 6.7% 7.1% 7.2% 6.3% 5.8% 6.1% 5.6% 5.4% 5.5% 5.1% 5.1% 4.9% 5.9%
                         
1996
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 162,720 160,068 160,074 158,591 158,931 161,271 160,550 159,326 159,939 163,839 166,056 167,379 161,562
Employment 151,407 149,067 149,156 148,387 149,225 151,513 151,114 150,826 151,136 154,980 156,277 158,023 151,759
Unemployment 11,313 11,001 10,918 10,204 9,706 9,758 9,436 8,500 8,803 8,859 9,779 9,356 9,803
Unemployment Rate 7.0% 6.9% 6.8% 6.4% 6.1% 6.1% 5.9% 5.3% 5.5% 5.4% 5.9% 5.6% 6.1%
                         
1995
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 161,142 158,319 158,391 157,535 157,603 158,363 157,975 156,741 156,560 160,730 162,511 163,622 159,124
Employment 150,952 148,032 148,363 147,988 148,481 148,979 149,233 148,396 148,029 151,737 153,166 154,268 149,802
Unemployment 10,190 10,287 10,028 9,547 9,122 9,384 8,742 8,345 8,531 8,993 9,345 9,354 9,322
Unemployment Rate 6.3% 6.5% 6.3% 6.1% 5.8% 5.9% 5.5% 5.3% 5.4% 5.6% 5.8% 5.7% 5.9%
                         
1994
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 159,068 156,806 156,053 156,831 158,324 158,136 157,332 156,640 156,377 159,905 160,815 162,872 158,264
Employment 148,085 145,416 145,229 146,428 148,506 147,710 147,652 147,701 147,659 150,899 151,994 154,104 148,449
Unemployment 10,983 11,390 10,824 10,403 9,818 10,426 9,680 8,939 8,718 9,006 8,821 8,768 9,815
Unemployment Rate 6.9% 7.3% 6.9% 6.6% 6.2% 6.6% 6.2% 5.7% 5.6% 5.6% 5.5% 5.4% 6.2%
                         
1993
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 153,345 151,814 150,696 149,956 153,526 155,398 154,517 153,465 152,609 156,172 158,285 159,084 154,073
Employment 141,928 139,988 139,305 139,496 143,140 144,217 144,506 144,310 143,881 146,822 149,008 150,040 143,887
Unemployment 11,417 11,826 11,391 10,460 10,386 11,181 10,011 9,155 8,728 9,350 9,277 9,044 10,186
Unemployment Rate 7.4% 7.8% 7.6% 7.0% 6.8% 7.2% 6.5% 6.0% 5.7% 6.0% 5.9% 5.7% 6.6%
                         
1992
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 148,982 147,743 147,048 145,773 148,053 150,864 151,480 150,374 149,300 151,305 152,481 152,887 149,691
Employment 136,161 134,396 133,854 133,608 135,706 137,780 139,751 139,354 138,149 140,450 141,562 142,406 137,765
Unemployment 12,821 13,347 13,194 12,165 12,347 13,084 11,729 11,020 11,151 10,855 10,919 10,481 11,926
Unemployment Rate 8.6% 9.0% 9.0% 8.3% 8.3% 8.7% 7.7% 7.3% 7.5% 7.2% 7.2% 6.9% 8.0%
                         
1991
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 141,242 141,496 141,702 140,413 142,333 146,486 146,040 144,777 144,726 148,106 148,363 148,924 144,550
Employment 131,971 131,118 131,435 130,639 131,826 135,614 135,794 134,834 134,108 137,187 137,111 137,507 134,095
Unemployment 9,271 10,378 10,267 9,774 10,507 10,872 10,246 9,943 10,618 10,919 11,252 11,417 10,455
Unemployment Rate 6.6% 7.3% 7.2% 7.0% 7.4% 7.4% 7.0% 6.9% 7.3% 7.4% 7.6% 7.7% 7.2%
                         
1990
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 140,840 139,613 139,601 137,575 139,782 141,815 141,928 140,887 139,999 142,337 142,629 142,731 140,812
Employment 131,449 130,335 130,745 128,753 130,843 133,411 134,078 133,156 132,165 134,785 134,787 134,745 132,438
Unemployment 9,391 9,278 8,856 8,822 8,939 8,404 7,850 7,731 7,834 7,552 7,842 7,986 8,374
Unemployment Rate 6.7% 6.6% 6.3% 6.4% 6.4% 5.9% 5.5% 5.5% 5.6% 5.3% 5.5% 5.6% 5.9%

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.