Anchorage/Mat-Su MSA Not Seasonally Adjusted Labor Force Data
1990 to 2018

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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 202,765 201,835 201,484 200,501 201,473 201,332 200,688 196,066 196,595 199,876
Employment 188,307 186,798 187,078 186,708 188,588 188,785 189,777 186,037 186,248 189,294
Unemployment 14,458 15,037 14,406 13,793 12,885 12,547 10,911 10,029 10,347 10,582
Unemployment Rate 7.1% 7.5% 7.1% 6.9% 6.4% 6.2% 5.4% 5.1% 5.3% 5.3%
                         
2017
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 204,357 203,017 202,340 201,566 203,335 204,459 204,066 200,222 201,042 202,015 203,955 203,924 202,858
Employment 190,311 188,539 188,079 188,027 189,992 190,511 191,147 187,988 188,193 189,288 190,763 190,759 189,466
Unemployment 14,046 14,478 14,261 13,539 13,343 13,948 12,919 12,234 12,849 12,727 13,192 13,165 13,392
Unemployment Rate 6.9% 7.1% 7.0% 6.7% 6.6% 6.8% 6.3% 6.1% 6.4% 6.3% 6.5% 6.5% 6.6%
                         
2016
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 204,019 203,196 202,785 202,216 203,305 204,229 203,789 200,378 201,157 202,919 205,859 205,951 203,317
Employment 191,123 189,747 189,687 189,693 190,863 191,088 191,625 188,897 189,062 190,776 193,043 193,054 190,722
Unemployment 12,896 13,449 13,098 12,523 12,442 13,141 12,164 11,481 12,095 12,143 12,816 12,897 12,595
Unemployment Rate 6.3% 6.6% 6.5% 6.2% 6.1% 6.4% 6.0% 5.7% 6.0% 6.0% 6.2% 6.3% 6.2%
                         
2015
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 203,423 202,764 202,771 201,793 203,594 204,249 203,417 199,928 201,115 203,883 206,115 206,190 203,270
Employment 191,225 190,238 190,410 190,216 192,298 192,266 192,634 189,841 190,468 192,992 194,349 194,425 191,780
Unemployment 12,198 12,526 12,361 11,577 11,296 11,983 10,783 10,087 10,647 10,891 11,766 11,765 11,490
Unemployment Rate 6.0% 6.2% 6.1% 5.7% 5.5% 5.9% 5.3% 5.0% 5.3% 5.3% 5.7% 5.7% 5.7%
                         
2014
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 203,238 202,704 202,643 201,574 203,339 204,425 203,060 200,436 201,123 203,808 205,679 205,647 203,140
Employment 190,460 189,363 189,622 189,283 191,377 191,760 191,456 189,610 190,184 193,197 194,381 194,639 191,278
Unemployment 12,778 13,341 13,021 12,291 11,962 12,665 11,604 10,826 10,939 10,611 11,298 11,008 11,862
Unemployment Rate 6.3% 6.6% 6.4% 6.1% 5.9% 6.2% 5.7% 5.4% 5.4% 5.2% 5.5% 5.4% 5.8%
                         
2013
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 203,018 201,850 201,117 200,728 202,243 203,330 202,079 199,702 200,145 202,730 205,400 205,577 202,327
Employment 189,839 188,647 188,299 188,475 190,310 190,868 190,733 189,159 189,360 191,584 193,695 194,101 190,423
Unemployment 13,179 13,203 12,818 12,253 11,933 12,462 11,346 10,543 10,785 11,146 11,705 11,476 11,904
Unemployment Rate 6.5% 6.5% 6.4% 6.1% 5.9% 6.1% 5.6% 5.3% 5.4% 5.5% 5.7% 5.6% 5.9%
                         
2012
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 202,726 201,701 201,354 200,294 201,658 202,717 202,069 199,942 199,788 203,165 204,827 205,404 202,137
Employment 188,920 187,691 187,729 187,499 189,257 189,830 190,310 189,112 188,907 192,249 193,274 193,600 189,865
Unemployment 13,806 14,010 13,625 12,795 12,401 12,887 11,759 10,830 10,881 10,916 11,553 11,804 12,272
Unemployment Rate 6.8% 6.9% 6.8% 6.4% 6.1% 6.4% 5.8% 5.4% 5.4% 5.4% 5.6% 5.7% 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 199,850 198,683 198,369 197,760 199,145 201,045 201,402 198,552 198,517 201,850 203,262 204,416 200,238
Employment 184,331 182,543 182,323 182,777 184,716 186,251 187,944 185,690 185,315 188,519 189,349 190,539 185,858
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% 8.1% 8.1% 7.6% 7.2% 7.4% 6.7% 6.5% 6.7% 6.6% 6.8% 6.8% 7.2%
                         
2009
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 197,027 196,520 196,614 195,595 196,060 195,929 193,692 192,059 194,129 198,479 199,916 199,857 196,323
Employment 183,533 182,382 182,388 181,862 182,302 181,301 180,239 179,156 180,662 184,638 185,745 186,028 182,520
Unemployment 13,494 14,138 14,226 13,733 13,758 14,628 13,453 12,903 13,467 13,841 14,171 13,829 13,803
Unemployment Rate 6.8% 7.2% 7.2% 7.0% 7.0% 7.5% 6.9% 6.7% 6.9% 7.0% 7.1% 6.9% 7.0%
                         
2008
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 193,578 193,272 192,907 193,096 192,387 193,416 191,621 189,666 191,598 196,415 197,544 198,207 193,643
Employment 181,724 180,922 180,732 181,523 181,051 181,523 180,792 179,324 180,955 185,520 185,881 186,534 182,207
Unemployment 11,854 12,350 12,175 11,573 11,336 11,893 10,829 10,342 10,643 10,895 11,663 11,673 11,436
Unemployment Rate 6.1% 6.4% 6.3% 6.0% 5.9% 6.1% 5.7% 5.5% 5.6% 5.5% 5.9% 5.9% 5.9%
                         
2007
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 191,264 190,723 190,334 189,477 189,435 191,583 190,538 187,291 187,707 192,368 194,193 195,297 190,851
Employment 179,722 178,970 178,842 178,808 179,070 180,621 180,648 177,881 177,829 182,540 183,717 184,591 180,270
Unemployment 11,542 11,753 11,492 10,669 10,365 10,962 9,890 9,410 9,878 9,828 10,476 10,706 10,581
Unemployment Rate 6.0% 6.2% 6.0% 5.6% 5.5% 5.7% 5.2% 5.0% 5.3% 5.1% 5.4% 5.5% 5.5%
                         
2006
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 190,420 189,958 190,019 189,555 190,389 191,738 189,383 187,081 188,462 192,155 193,251 194,452 190,572
Employment 177,880 177,223 177,821 178,146 179,404 180,687 179,159 177,397 178,463 182,234 182,884 183,901 179,600
Unemployment 12,540 12,735 12,198 11,409 10,985 11,051 10,224 9,684 9,999 9,921 10,367 10,551 10,972
Unemployment Rate 6.6% 6.7% 6.4% 6.0% 5.8% 5.8% 5.4% 5.2% 5.3% 5.2% 5.4% 5.4% 5.8%
                         
2005
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 185,321 185,008 184,521 184,367 184,233 185,221 184,132 181,773 184,319 188,282 190,376 191,515 185,756
Employment 173,032 172,479 172,604 173,348 173,526 174,064 173,921 172,132 174,217 178,130 179,332 180,425 174,768
Unemployment 12,289 12,529 11,917 11,019 10,707 11,157 10,211 9,641 10,102 10,152 11,044 11,090 10,988
Unemployment Rate 6.6% 6.8% 6.5% 6.0% 5.8% 6.0% 5.5% 5.3% 5.5% 5.4% 5.8% 5.8% 5.9%
                         
2004
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 180,465 179,902 179,705 178,577 178,634 180,494 178,688 177,220 178,814 183,248 185,970 187,186 180,742
Employment 167,383 166,572 166,833 166,624 167,244 168,423 168,006 167,072 168,334 172,706 174,801 176,093 169,174
Unemployment 13,082 13,330 12,872 11,953 11,390 12,071 10,682 10,148 10,480 10,542 11,169 11,093 11,568
Unemployment Rate 7.2% 7.4% 7.2% 6.7% 6.4% 6.7% 6.0% 5.7% 5.9% 5.8% 6.0% 5.9% 6.4%
                         
2003
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 179,858 178,380 177,709 177,279 177,171 179,639 175,839 174,398 175,491 179,160 181,513 182,531 178,248
Employment 166,831 164,793 164,622 164,810 165,157 166,892 164,257 163,544 164,451 168,151 169,719 170,630 166,155
Unemployment 13,027 13,587 13,087 12,469 12,014 12,747 11,582 10,854 11,040 11,009 11,794 11,901 12,093
Unemployment Rate 7.2% 7.6% 7.4% 7.0% 6.8% 7.1% 6.6% 6.2% 6.3% 6.1% 6.5% 6.5% 6.8%
                         
2002
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 175,134 174,092 173,998 172,899 173,264 177,710 173,661 172,360 173,358 176,822 179,248 179,857 175,201
Employment 164,075 162,486 162,329 161,677 162,537 166,256 163,164 162,352 163,046 166,435 168,056 168,308 164,227
Unemployment 11,059 11,606 11,669 11,222 10,727 11,454 10,497 10,008 10,312 10,387 11,192 11,549 10,974
Unemployment Rate 6.3% 6.7% 6.7% 6.5% 6.2% 6.4% 6.0% 5.8% 5.9% 5.9% 6.2% 6.4% 6.3%
                         
2001
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 173,223 170,879 170,991 171,014 171,579 173,767 170,052 168,460 169,346 172,289 174,654 175,351 171,800
Employment 162,797 160,432 160,835 161,658 162,460 164,143 161,376 160,342 161,027 163,742 165,349 165,855 162,501
Unemployment 10,426 10,447 10,156 9,356 9,119 9,624 8,676 8,118 8,319 8,547 9,305 9,496 9,299
Unemployment Rate 6.0% 6.1% 5.9% 5.5% 5.3% 5.5% 5.1% 4.8% 4.9% 5.0% 5.3% 5.4% 5.4%
                         
2000
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 171,519 169,760 169,980 169,305 169,442 170,164 168,044 165,794 165,995 169,467 171,411 172,817 169,475
Employment 161,269 159,167 159,687 159,658 160,129 160,453 159,518 157,759 157,826 161,031 162,320 163,631 160,204
Unemployment 10,250 10,593 10,293 9,647 9,313 9,711 8,526 8,035 8,169 8,436 9,091 9,186 9,271
Unemployment Rate 6.0% 6.2% 6.1% 5.7% 5.5% 5.7% 5.1% 4.8% 4.9% 5.0% 5.3% 5.3% 5.5%
                         
1999
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 172,247 170,443 170,220 169,037 170,357 172,774 171,721 170,930 169,848 172,957 175,547 176,305 171,865
Employment 162,508 159,880 160,164 159,615 161,246 163,296 163,166 163,127 161,932 164,855 166,927 167,668 162,865
Unemployment 9,739 10,563 10,056 9,422 9,111 9,478 8,555 7,803 7,916 8,102 8,620 8,637 9,000
Unemployment Rate 5.7% 6.2% 5.9% 5.6% 5.3% 5.5% 5.0% 4.6% 4.7% 4.7% 4.9% 4.9% 5.2%
                         
1998
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 169,229 167,785 168,338 167,818 169,389 171,121 169,691 168,173 167,870 170,725 172,665 173,782 169,715
Employment 159,569 158,027 158,866 159,082 161,097 161,970 161,744 160,867 160,170 162,953 164,505 165,589 161,203
Unemployment 9,660 9,758 9,472 8,736 8,292 9,151 7,947 7,306 7,700 7,772 8,160 8,193 8,512
Unemployment Rate 5.7% 5.8% 5.6% 5.2% 4.9% 5.3% 4.7% 4.3% 4.6% 4.6% 4.7% 4.7% 5.0%
                         
1997
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 165,821 164,199 164,044 163,064 164,769 165,933 165,374 164,759 163,885 166,995 169,625 170,619 165,757
Employment 154,902 152,700 152,541 152,601 155,047 155,672 156,037 155,960 154,775 158,104 160,357 161,880 155,881
Unemployment 10,919 11,499 11,503 10,463 9,722 10,261 9,337 8,799 9,110 8,891 9,268 8,739 9,876
Unemployment Rate 6.6% 7.0% 7.0% 6.4% 5.9% 6.2% 5.6% 5.3% 5.6% 5.3% 5.5% 5.1% 6.0%
                         
1996
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 162,932 160,269 160,551 159,442 159,863 162,550 161,464 160,623 160,787 163,886 166,082 167,229 162,140
Employment 151,694 149,134 149,549 148,899 150,099 152,356 151,938 151,759 151,475 154,712 156,176 157,659 152,121
Unemployment 11,238 11,135 11,002 10,543 9,764 10,194 9,526 8,864 9,312 9,174 9,906 9,570 10,019
Unemployment Rate 6.9% 6.9% 6.9% 6.6% 6.1% 6.3% 5.9% 5.5% 5.8% 5.6% 6.0% 5.7% 6.2%
                         
1995
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 160,976 158,401 158,440 157,223 157,955 159,470 158,269 157,385 157,004 160,388 162,297 163,880 159,308
Employment 150,495 147,646 147,991 147,552 148,666 149,701 149,372 148,834 148,138 151,145 152,577 154,076 149,683
Unemployment 10,481 10,755 10,449 9,671 9,289 9,769 8,897 8,551 8,866 9,243 9,720 9,804 9,625
Unemployment Rate 6.5% 6.8% 6.6% 6.2% 5.9% 6.1% 5.6% 5.4% 5.6% 5.8% 6.0% 6.0% 6.0%
                         
1994
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 159,443 157,644 157,505 157,815 159,220 159,521 158,668 157,747 157,700 159,980 160,917 162,890 159,087
Employment 148,661 146,355 146,743 147,305 149,102 148,886 148,847 148,820 148,712 150,782 151,652 153,543 149,117
Unemployment 10,782 11,289 10,762 10,510 10,118 10,635 9,821 8,927 8,988 9,198 9,265 9,347 9,970
Unemployment Rate 6.8% 7.2% 6.8% 6.7% 6.4% 6.7% 6.2% 5.7% 5.7% 5.7% 5.8% 5.7% 6.3%
                         
1993
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 153,214 151,853 151,561 151,399 154,319 156,365 155,671 154,504 154,101 157,083 159,248 159,912 154,936
Employment 141,919 140,341 140,204 140,784 144,072 145,230 145,613 145,189 144,890 147,644 149,524 150,388 144,650
Unemployment 11,295 11,512 11,357 10,615 10,247 11,135 10,058 9,315 9,211 9,439 9,724 9,524 10,286
Unemployment Rate 7.4% 7.6% 7.5% 7.0% 6.6% 7.1% 6.5% 6.0% 6.0% 6.0% 6.1% 6.0% 6.6%
                         
1992
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 146,944 146,410 146,184 145,387 147,363 150,000 150,982 149,924 149,015 150,476 151,480 152,428 148,883
Employment 134,393 133,406 133,139 133,011 135,354 137,266 139,308 139,045 137,745 139,448 140,596 141,865 137,048
Unemployment 12,551 13,004 13,045 12,376 12,009 12,734 11,674 10,879 11,270 11,028 10,884 10,563 11,835
Unemployment Rate 8.5% 8.9% 8.9% 8.5% 8.1% 8.5% 7.7% 7.3% 7.6% 7.3% 7.2% 6.9% 7.9%
                         
1991
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 140,833 140,862 141,158 139,955 141,425 145,306 144,664 143,349 142,509 145,677 146,113 146,547 143,200
Employment 131,141 130,456 130,685 129,563 131,099 134,293 134,265 133,241 131,744 134,808 134,694 135,037 132,586
Unemployment 9,692 10,406 10,473 10,392 10,326 11,013 10,399 10,108 10,765 10,869 11,419 11,510 10,614
Unemployment Rate 6.9% 7.4% 7.4% 7.4% 7.3% 7.6% 7.2% 7.1% 7.6% 7.5% 7.8% 7.9% 7.4%
                         
1990
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 137,642 137,326 138,188 136,154 138,379 141,462 140,869 139,829 140,599 142,485 143,216 142,967 139,926
Employment 128,340 128,112 129,063 127,426 129,745 132,615 132,864 131,813 132,570 134,549 134,925 134,627 131,387
Unemployment 9,302 9,214 9,125 8,728 8,634 8,847 8,005 8,016 8,029 7,936 8,291 8,340 8,539
Unemployment Rate 6.8% 6.7% 6.6% 6.4% 6.2% 6.3% 5.7% 5.7% 5.7% 5.6% 5.8% 5.8% 6.1%

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.