Fairbanks 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 45,288 45,603 46,086
Employment 42,318 42,627 43,208
Unemployment 2,970 2,976 2,878
Unemployment Rate 6.6% 6.5% 6.2%
                         
2016
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 45,203 45,067 45,338 45,557 47,272 46,103 46,473 46,829 46,609 46,139 46,537 46,043 46,098
Employment 42,324 42,186 42,549 42,897 44,676 43,455 44,065 44,579 44,127 43,702 43,925 43,401 43,491
Unemployment 2,879 2,881 2,789 2,660 2,596 2,648 2,408 2,250 2,482 2,437 2,612 2,642 2,607
Unemployment Rate 6.4% 6.4% 6.2% 5.8% 5.5% 5.7% 5.2% 4.8% 5.3% 5.3% 5.6% 5.7% 5.7%
                         
2015
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 45,607 45,519 45,646 46,040 47,412 46,374 46,552 46,884 46,324 46,602 46,532 46,373 46,322
Employment 42,763 42,679 43,007 43,613 44,997 43,762 44,345 44,744 44,097 44,162 43,917 43,789 43,823
Unemployment 2,844 2,840 2,639 2,427 2,415 2,612 2,207 2,140 2,227 2,440 2,615 2,584 2,499
Unemployment Rate 6.2% 6.2% 5.8% 5.3% 5.1% 5.6% 4.7% 4.6% 4.8% 5.2% 5.6% 5.6% 5.4%
                         
2014
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 46,176 46,330 46,515 46,270 47,798 46,702 46,980 47,257 47,091 47,156 46,993 47,036 46,859
Employment 43,137 43,257 43,642 43,582 45,092 43,824 44,418 44,840 44,686 44,652 44,343 44,410 44,157
Unemployment 3,039 3,073 2,873 2,688 2,706 2,878 2,562 2,417 2,405 2,504 2,650 2,626 2,702
Unemployment Rate 6.6% 6.6% 6.2% 5.8% 5.7% 6.2% 5.5% 5.1% 5.1% 5.3% 5.6% 5.6% 5.8%
                         
2013
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 46,309 46,763 46,865 46,742 47,772 46,998 47,468 47,895 47,777 47,638 47,585 47,570 47,282
Employment 43,064 43,595 43,931 43,944 45,045 44,098 44,954 45,468 45,383 45,117 44,900 44,909 44,534
Unemployment 3,245 3,168 2,934 2,798 2,727 2,900 2,514 2,427 2,394 2,521 2,685 2,661 2,748
Unemployment Rate 7.0% 6.8% 6.3% 6.0% 5.7% 6.2% 5.3% 5.1% 5.0% 5.3% 5.6% 5.6% 5.8%
                         
2012
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 47,225 47,736 47,877 48,030 49,326 48,569 48,542 48,004 48,532 48,692 47,996 48,088 48,218
Employment 43,736 44,243 44,512 44,931 46,422 45,556 45,827 45,516 46,068 46,154 45,251 45,166 45,282
Unemployment 3,489 3,493 3,365 3,099 2,904 3,013 2,715 2,488 2,464 2,538 2,745 2,922 2,936
Unemployment Rate 7.4% 7.3% 7.0% 6.5% 5.9% 6.2% 5.6% 5.2% 5.1% 5.2% 5.7% 6.1% 6.1%
                         
2011
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 47,008 47,445 47,349 47,806 49,293 49,018 49,103 48,296 49,024 48,573 48,761 48,573 48,354
Employment 43,435 43,890 43,946 44,661 46,248 45,840 46,254 45,540 46,303 45,720 45,663 45,357 45,238
Unemployment 3,573 3,555 3,403 3,145 3,045 3,178 2,849 2,756 2,721 2,853 3,098 3,216 3,116
Unemployment Rate 7.6% 7.5% 7.2% 6.6% 6.2% 6.5% 5.8% 5.7% 5.6% 5.9% 6.4% 6.6% 6.4%
                         
2010
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 46,418 46,998 47,039 47,419 48,993 49,228 49,014 48,660 48,424 48,260 48,299 48,491 48,103
Employment 42,689 43,289 43,437 44,151 45,831 46,023 46,119 45,915 45,639 45,326 45,131 45,266 44,901
Unemployment 3,729 3,709 3,602 3,268 3,162 3,205 2,895 2,745 2,785 2,934 3,168 3,225 3,202
Unemployment Rate 8.0% 7.9% 7.7% 6.9% 6.5% 6.5% 5.9% 5.6% 5.8% 6.1% 6.6% 6.7% 6.7%
                         
2009
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 44,970 45,492 45,242 45,371 45,350 45,797 46,227 46,684 46,087 46,277 46,469 46,306 45,856
Employment 41,525 42,020 41,862 42,305 42,203 42,306 43,149 43,766 43,061 43,102 43,197 42,907 42,617
Unemployment 3,445 3,472 3,380 3,066 3,147 3,491 3,078 2,918 3,026 3,175 3,272 3,399 3,239
Unemployment Rate 7.7% 7.6% 7.5% 6.8% 6.9% 7.6% 6.7% 6.3% 6.6% 6.9% 7.0% 7.3% 7.1%
                         
2008
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 44,985 45,041 45,444 45,754 47,018 46,026 46,668 46,511 45,738 46,148 46,260 46,065 45,972
Employment 42,112 42,204 42,658 43,245 44,429 43,175 44,096 44,065 43,331 43,594 43,533 43,094 43,295
Unemployment 2,873 2,837 2,786 2,509 2,589 2,851 2,572 2,446 2,407 2,554 2,727 2,971 2,677
Unemployment Rate 6.4% 6.3% 6.1% 5.5% 5.5% 6.2% 5.5% 5.3% 5.3% 5.5% 5.9% 6.4% 5.8%
                         
2007
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 44,878 45,214 45,502 45,440 46,085 44,792 45,428 45,541 45,650 45,462 45,851 45,871 45,476
Employment 42,052 42,420 42,869 43,001 43,821 42,241 43,179 43,408 43,425 43,358 43,503 43,264 43,045
Unemployment 2,826 2,794 2,633 2,439 2,264 2,551 2,249 2,133 2,225 2,104 2,348 2,607 2,431
Unemployment Rate 6.3% 6.2% 5.8% 5.4% 4.9% 5.7% 5.0% 4.7% 4.9% 4.6% 5.1% 5.7% 5.3%
                         
2006
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 44,064 44,570 44,680 44,843 45,880 44,316 45,247 45,681 44,806 45,423 45,897 45,916 45,111
Employment 41,089 41,453 41,783 42,156 43,424 41,794 42,905 43,441 42,579 43,299 43,550 43,481 42,580
Unemployment 2,975 3,117 2,897 2,687 2,456 2,522 2,342 2,240 2,227 2,124 2,347 2,435 2,531
Unemployment Rate 6.8% 7.0% 6.5% 6.0% 5.4% 5.7% 5.2% 4.9% 5.0% 4.7% 5.1% 5.3% 5.6%
                         
2005
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 43,722 44,414 44,142 44,789 46,038 45,074 45,924 46,620 45,284 45,396 45,657 45,505 45,214
Employment 40,641 41,150 41,241 42,053 43,580 42,469 43,603 44,460 42,924 43,034 42,986 42,782 42,577
Unemployment 3,081 3,264 2,901 2,736 2,458 2,605 2,321 2,160 2,360 2,362 2,671 2,723 2,637
Unemployment Rate 7.0% 7.3% 6.6% 6.1% 5.3% 5.8% 5.1% 4.6% 5.2% 5.2% 5.9% 6.0% 5.8%
                         
2004
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 43,136 43,358 43,598 43,930 45,176 44,189 45,163 45,754 44,734 44,366 45,035 45,102 44,462
Employment 39,711 39,911 40,322 40,925 42,423 41,148 42,611 43,342 42,310 41,981 42,395 42,312 41,616
Unemployment 3,425 3,447 3,276 3,005 2,753 3,041 2,552 2,412 2,424 2,385 2,640 2,790 2,846
Unemployment Rate 7.9% 8.0% 7.5% 6.8% 6.1% 6.9% 5.7% 5.3% 5.4% 5.4% 5.9% 6.2% 6.4%
                         
2003
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 41,786 42,347 42,323 42,797 44,127 43,174 43,804 43,372 43,437 43,527 44,169 43,965 43,236
Employment 38,434 38,846 39,051 39,624 41,272 39,902 41,042 40,737 40,832 41,006 41,320 41,024 40,258
Unemployment 3,352 3,501 3,272 3,173 2,855 3,272 2,762 2,635 2,605 2,521 2,849 2,941 2,978
Unemployment Rate 8.0% 8.3% 7.7% 7.4% 6.5% 7.6% 6.3% 6.1% 6.0% 5.8% 6.5% 6.7% 6.9%
                         
2002
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 41,127 41,640 41,691 41,862 42,869 42,034 42,620 42,241 42,402 42,124 41,951 42,513 42,089
Employment 38,130 38,699 38,763 39,033 40,346 39,224 40,173 39,831 40,030 39,711 39,220 39,548 39,392
Unemployment 2,997 2,941 2,928 2,829 2,523 2,810 2,447 2,410 2,372 2,413 2,731 2,965 2,697
Unemployment Rate 7.3% 7.1% 7.0% 6.8% 5.9% 6.7% 5.7% 5.7% 5.6% 5.7% 6.5% 7.0% 6.4%
                         
2001
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 40,690 40,764 40,670 40,787 41,617 41,563 42,690 41,754 41,525 41,595 41,738 41,913 41,442
Employment 37,838 37,940 37,895 38,242 39,351 39,078 40,583 39,632 39,509 39,515 39,410 39,425 39,035
Unemployment 2,852 2,824 2,775 2,545 2,266 2,485 2,107 2,122 2,016 2,080 2,328 2,488 2,407
Unemployment Rate 7.0% 6.9% 6.8% 6.2% 5.4% 6.0% 4.9% 5.1% 4.9% 5.0% 5.6% 5.9% 5.8%
                         
2000
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 40,098 40,350 40,060 40,536 41,239 41,214 42,172 41,300 40,764 41,021 41,519 41,155 40,952
Employment 37,236 37,421 37,170 37,915 38,735 38,607 39,975 39,166 38,809 38,928 39,345 38,806 38,509
Unemployment 2,862 2,929 2,890 2,621 2,504 2,607 2,197 2,134 1,955 2,093 2,174 2,349 2,443
Unemployment Rate 7.1% 7.3% 7.2% 6.5% 6.1% 6.3% 5.2% 5.2% 4.8% 5.1% 5.2% 5.7% 6.0%
                         
1999
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 42,470 42,305 42,144 42,987 44,747 45,610 44,899 43,790 43,423 42,761 42,601 42,709 43,371
Employment 39,328 39,029 39,233 40,434 42,331 42,968 42,709 41,739 41,484 40,593 40,371 40,305 40,877
Unemployment 3,142 3,276 2,911 2,553 2,416 2,642 2,190 2,051 1,939 2,168 2,230 2,404 2,494
Unemployment Rate 7.4% 7.7% 6.9% 5.9% 5.4% 5.8% 4.9% 4.7% 4.5% 5.1% 5.2% 5.6% 5.8%
                         
1998
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 41,534 41,641 41,619 41,758 43,535 44,725 45,123 44,190 43,692 43,387 42,871 42,837 43,076
Employment 38,703 38,727 38,715 39,373 41,130 42,047 42,879 42,017 41,442 40,940 40,285 40,124 40,532
Unemployment 2,831 2,914 2,904 2,385 2,405 2,678 2,244 2,173 2,250 2,447 2,586 2,713 2,544
Unemployment Rate 6.8% 7.0% 7.0% 5.7% 5.5% 6.0% 5.0% 4.9% 5.1% 5.6% 6.0% 6.3% 5.9%
                         
1997
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 41,784 41,827 41,993 42,273 43,436 44,811 44,685 44,152 43,885 44,025 43,325 42,774 43,248
Employment 38,153 38,039 38,313 38,904 40,475 41,740 42,122 41,747 41,535 41,615 40,866 40,355 40,322
Unemployment 3,631 3,788 3,680 3,369 2,961 3,071 2,563 2,405 2,350 2,410 2,459 2,419 2,926
Unemployment Rate 8.7% 9.1% 8.8% 8.0% 6.8% 6.9% 5.7% 5.4% 5.4% 5.5% 5.7% 5.7% 6.8%
                         
1996
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 40,617 40,620 40,874 41,354 43,078 44,383 44,745 43,663 43,288 43,428 43,151 42,279 42,623
Employment 36,930 36,921 37,096 38,064 40,057 41,454 41,857 41,023 40,703 40,672 40,076 39,254 39,509
Unemployment 3,687 3,699 3,778 3,290 3,021 2,929 2,888 2,640 2,585 2,756 3,075 3,025 3,114
Unemployment Rate 9.1% 9.1% 9.2% 8.0% 7.0% 6.6% 6.5% 6.0% 6.0% 6.3% 7.1% 7.2% 7.3%
                         
1995
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 39,913 39,782 39,673 40,262 41,701 43,170 43,042 42,437 42,161 41,420 41,429 40,662 41,304
Employment 36,510 36,294 36,216 37,005 38,771 40,084 40,231 39,875 39,666 38,703 38,465 37,665 38,290
Unemployment 3,403 3,488 3,457 3,257 2,930 3,086 2,811 2,562 2,495 2,717 2,964 2,997 3,014
Unemployment Rate 8.5% 8.8% 8.7% 8.1% 7.0% 7.1% 6.5% 6.0% 5.9% 6.6% 7.2% 7.4% 7.3%
                         
1994
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 39,513 39,041 38,830 39,566 41,072 42,193 42,812 41,963 41,589 40,928 40,699 40,186 40,700
Employment 35,580 35,056 35,056 36,069 37,776 38,774 39,666 39,133 38,930 38,159 37,915 37,368 37,457
Unemployment 3,933 3,985 3,774 3,497 3,296 3,419 3,146 2,830 2,659 2,769 2,784 2,818 3,243
Unemployment Rate 10.0% 10.2% 9.7% 8.8% 8.0% 8.1% 7.3% 6.7% 6.4% 6.8% 6.8% 7.0% 8.0%
                         
1993
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 38,083 37,750 37,813 37,936 40,252 41,057 40,667 40,902 40,423 39,919 39,887 39,328 39,502
Employment 34,472 33,944 34,124 34,658 37,046 37,576 37,633 38,049 37,652 36,674 36,723 36,072 36,219
Unemployment 3,611 3,806 3,689 3,278 3,206 3,481 3,034 2,853 2,771 3,245 3,164 3,256 3,283
Unemployment Rate 9.5% 10.1% 9.8% 8.6% 8.0% 8.5% 7.5% 7.0% 6.9% 8.1% 7.9% 8.3% 8.3%
                         
1992
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 38,003 37,799 38,108 37,802 39,915 41,004 40,823 40,150 39,660 38,745 38,894 38,451 39,113
Employment 33,660 33,276 33,830 33,937 35,943 36,849 37,319 36,968 36,652 35,537 35,552 35,182 35,392
Unemployment 4,343 4,523 4,278 3,865 3,972 4,155 3,504 3,182 3,008 3,208 3,342 3,269 3,721
Unemployment Rate 11.4% 12.0% 11.2% 10.2% 10.0% 10.1% 8.6% 7.9% 7.6% 8.3% 8.6% 8.5% 9.5%
                         
1991
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 35,242 35,563 35,630 35,549 36,916 37,984 38,109 37,758 38,076 38,252 38,207 37,849 37,094
Employment 31,825 31,679 31,823 32,097 33,228 34,143 34,614 34,513 34,842 34,922 34,589 34,138 33,534
Unemployment 3,417 3,884 3,807 3,452 3,688 3,841 3,495 3,245 3,234 3,330 3,618 3,711 3,560
Unemployment Rate 9.7% 10.9% 10.7% 9.7% 10.0% 10.1% 9.2% 8.6% 8.5% 8.7% 9.5% 9.8% 9.6%
                         
1990
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 35,114 34,916 34,796 34,808 36,512 36,969 37,629 37,324 35,922 35,424 34,872 35,069 35,780
Employment 31,728 31,540 31,675 31,732 33,266 33,930 34,843 34,594 33,280 32,655 31,887 32,026 32,763
Unemployment 3,386 3,376 3,121 3,076 3,246 3,039 2,786 2,730 2,642 2,769 2,985 3,043 3,017
Unemployment Rate 9.6% 9.7% 9.0% 8.8% 8.9% 8.2% 7.4% 7.3% 7.4% 7.8% 8.6% 8.7% 8.4%

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.