Fairbanks 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 45,799 45,905 46,210
Employment 42,398 42,523 43,011
Unemployment 3,401 3,382 3,199
Unemployment Rate 7.4% 7.4% 6.9%
                         
2017
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 46,018 45,836 46,232 46,376 47,473 46,734 47,102 47,118 46,885 46,987 47,013 46,717 46,708
Employment 42,774 42,656 43,182 43,444 44,538 43,737 44,338 44,507 44,138 44,207 44,025 43,667 43,768
Unemployment 3,244 3,180 3,050 2,932 2,935 2,997 2,764 2,611 2,747 2,780 2,988 3,050 2,940
Unemployment Rate 7.0% 6.9% 6.6% 6.3% 6.2% 6.4% 5.9% 5.5% 5.9% 5.9% 6.4% 6.5% 6.3%
                         
2016
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 45,416 45,303 45,625 45,844 47,515 46,387 47,060 47,366 47,028 46,979 47,199 46,884 46,550
Employment 42,458 42,325 42,720 43,054 44,787 43,608 44,511 44,984 44,376 44,353 44,342 43,987 43,792
Unemployment 2,958 2,978 2,905 2,790 2,728 2,779 2,549 2,382 2,652 2,626 2,857 2,897 2,758
Unemployment Rate 6.5% 6.6% 6.4% 6.1% 5.7% 6.0% 5.4% 5.0% 5.6% 5.6% 6.1% 6.2% 5.9%
                         
2015
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 45,682 45,644 45,804 46,215 47,551 46,481 46,708 47,038 46,479 46,743 46,746 46,545 46,469
Employment 42,820 42,772 43,122 43,740 45,092 43,837 44,466 44,877 44,217 44,259 44,055 43,896 43,929
Unemployment 2,862 2,872 2,682 2,475 2,459 2,644 2,242 2,161 2,262 2,484 2,691 2,649 2,540
Unemployment Rate 6.3% 6.3% 5.9% 5.4% 5.2% 5.7% 4.8% 4.6% 4.9% 5.3% 5.8% 5.7% 5.5%
                         
2014
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 46,081 46,279 46,493 46,275 47,781 46,631 46,943 47,221 47,101 47,114 47,047 47,030 46,833
Employment 43,055 43,204 43,595 43,566 45,038 43,777 44,368 44,839 44,697 44,623 44,359 44,422 44,129
Unemployment 3,026 3,075 2,898 2,709 2,743 2,854 2,575 2,382 2,404 2,491 2,688 2,608 2,704
Unemployment Rate 6.6% 6.6% 6.2% 5.9% 5.7% 6.1% 5.5% 5.0% 5.1% 5.3% 5.7% 5.5% 5.8%
                         
2013
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 46,274 46,786 46,922 46,817 47,819 46,982 47,469 47,882 47,781 47,586 47,598 47,505 47,286
Employment 43,011 43,581 43,931 43,970 45,030 44,083 44,922 45,469 45,369 45,066 44,873 44,858 44,514
Unemployment 3,263 3,205 2,991 2,847 2,789 2,899 2,547 2,413 2,412 2,520 2,725 2,647 2,772
Unemployment Rate 7.1% 6.9% 6.4% 6.1% 5.8% 6.2% 5.4% 5.0% 5.0% 5.3% 5.7% 5.6% 5.9%
                         
2012
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 47,187 47,692 47,844 48,010 49,324 48,528 48,539 47,981 48,535 48,658 47,999 48,062 48,197
Employment 43,714 44,209 44,478 44,916 46,400 45,540 45,814 45,509 46,063 46,126 45,237 45,160 45,264
Unemployment 3,473 3,483 3,366 3,094 2,924 2,988 2,725 2,472 2,472 2,532 2,762 2,902 2,933
Unemployment Rate 7.4% 7.3% 7.0% 6.4% 5.9% 6.2% 5.6% 5.2% 5.1% 5.2% 5.8% 6.0% 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 46,629 47,238 47,278 47,611 49,116 49,407 49,219 48,858 48,595 48,428 48,446 48,600 48,285
Employment 42,900 43,529 43,676 44,343 45,954 46,202 46,324 46,113 45,810 45,494 45,278 45,375 45,083
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% 7.6% 6.9% 6.4% 6.5% 5.9% 5.6% 5.7% 6.1% 6.5% 6.6% 6.6%
                         
2009
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 45,069 45,611 45,463 45,515 45,573 45,966 46,488 46,890 46,151 46,397 46,606 46,445 46,015
Employment 41,617 42,097 42,049 42,342 42,315 42,514 43,415 43,999 43,148 43,228 43,223 43,125 42,756
Unemployment 3,452 3,514 3,414 3,173 3,258 3,452 3,073 2,891 3,003 3,169 3,383 3,320 3,259
Unemployment Rate 7.7% 7.7% 7.5% 7.0% 7.1% 7.5% 6.6% 6.2% 6.5% 6.8% 7.3% 7.1% 7.1%
                         
2008
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 44,754 45,044 45,387 45,725 47,182 46,151 46,845 46,666 45,755 46,090 46,267 46,051 45,993
Employment 41,804 42,015 42,493 42,996 44,436 43,188 44,178 44,197 43,264 43,370 43,378 43,060 43,198
Unemployment 2,950 3,029 2,894 2,729 2,746 2,963 2,667 2,469 2,491 2,720 2,889 2,991 2,795
Unemployment Rate 6.6% 6.7% 6.4% 6.0% 5.8% 6.4% 5.7% 5.3% 5.4% 5.9% 6.2% 6.5% 6.1%
                         
2007
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 44,649 45,106 45,426 45,397 46,211 44,842 45,497 45,653 45,425 45,311 45,569 45,532 45,385
Employment 41,788 42,217 42,646 42,847 43,735 42,159 43,149 43,485 43,160 43,084 43,089 42,939 42,858
Unemployment 2,861 2,889 2,780 2,550 2,476 2,683 2,348 2,168 2,265 2,227 2,480 2,593 2,527
Unemployment Rate 6.4% 6.4% 6.1% 5.6% 5.4% 6.0% 5.2% 4.7% 5.0% 4.9% 5.4% 5.7% 5.6%
                         
2006
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 44,079 44,505 44,832 44,969 46,234 44,798 45,592 45,851 44,899 45,354 45,794 45,620 45,211
Employment 41,039 41,452 41,897 42,274 43,673 42,200 43,229 43,620 42,660 43,081 43,337 43,140 42,634
Unemployment 3,040 3,053 2,935 2,695 2,561 2,598 2,363 2,231 2,239 2,273 2,457 2,480 2,577
Unemployment Rate 6.9% 6.9% 6.5% 6.0% 5.5% 5.8% 5.2% 4.9% 5.0% 5.0% 5.4% 5.4% 5.7%
                         
2005
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 43,649 44,332 44,261 44,836 46,255 45,278 46,210 46,793 45,195 45,300 45,535 45,315 45,247
Employment 40,552 41,148 41,314 42,110 43,680 42,613 43,839 44,629 42,920 42,901 42,916 42,651 42,606
Unemployment 3,097 3,184 2,947 2,726 2,575 2,665 2,371 2,164 2,275 2,399 2,619 2,664 2,641
Unemployment Rate 7.1% 7.2% 6.7% 6.1% 5.6% 5.9% 5.1% 4.6% 5.0% 5.3% 5.8% 5.9% 5.8%
                         
2004
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 42,458 42,657 42,989 43,355 44,741 43,815 44,922 45,402 44,466 44,186 44,781 44,839 44,051
Employment 39,047 39,200 39,740 40,387 41,917 40,802 42,369 43,043 42,042 41,725 42,094 42,105 41,206
Unemployment 3,411 3,457 3,249 2,968 2,824 3,013 2,553 2,359 2,424 2,461 2,687 2,734 2,845
Unemployment Rate 8.0% 8.1% 7.6% 6.8% 6.3% 6.9% 5.7% 5.2% 5.5% 5.6% 6.0% 6.1% 6.5%
                         
2003
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 41,180 41,727 41,816 42,088 43,625 42,517 43,355 42,749 42,750 42,871 43,350 43,161 42,599
Employment 37,831 38,236 38,477 38,911 40,695 39,381 40,563 40,190 40,150 40,200 40,424 40,181 39,603
Unemployment 3,349 3,491 3,339 3,177 2,930 3,136 2,792 2,559 2,600 2,671 2,926 2,980 2,996
Unemployment Rate 8.1% 8.4% 8.0% 7.5% 6.7% 7.4% 6.4% 6.0% 6.1% 6.2% 6.7% 6.9% 7.0%
                         
2002
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 40,831 41,368 41,460 41,524 42,651 41,807 42,488 41,938 41,968 41,874 41,818 42,181 41,826
Employment 37,798 38,325 38,457 38,665 39,942 38,942 39,965 39,573 39,542 39,319 38,980 39,273 39,065
Unemployment 3,033 3,043 3,003 2,859 2,709 2,865 2,523 2,365 2,426 2,555 2,838 2,908 2,761
Unemployment Rate 7.4% 7.4% 7.2% 6.9% 6.4% 6.9% 5.9% 5.6% 5.8% 6.1% 6.8% 6.9% 6.6%
                         
2001
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 40,375 40,601 40,562 40,692 41,825 41,650 42,911 41,915 41,547 41,567 41,757 41,675 41,423
Employment 37,506 37,702 37,729 38,077 39,288 39,043 40,645 39,834 39,404 39,350 39,232 39,109 38,910
Unemployment 2,869 2,899 2,833 2,615 2,537 2,607 2,266 2,081 2,143 2,217 2,525 2,566 2,513
Unemployment Rate 7.1% 7.1% 7.0% 6.4% 6.1% 6.3% 5.3% 5.0% 5.2% 5.3% 6.0% 6.2% 6.1%
                         
2000
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 40,028 40,195 39,951 40,419 41,457 41,427 42,553 41,455 40,921 41,073 41,596 41,088 41,013
Employment 37,070 37,203 37,031 37,718 38,858 38,767 40,243 39,382 38,870 38,821 39,245 38,628 38,486
Unemployment 2,958 2,992 2,920 2,701 2,599 2,660 2,310 2,073 2,051 2,252 2,351 2,460 2,527
Unemployment Rate 7.4% 7.4% 7.3% 6.7% 6.3% 6.4% 5.4% 5.0% 5.0% 5.5% 5.7% 6.0% 6.2%
                         
1999
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 42,473 42,302 42,285 43,191 45,040 45,810 45,196 44,091 43,790 42,915 42,813 42,781 43,557
Employment 39,220 38,910 39,211 40,444 42,358 43,050 42,892 41,991 41,736 40,649 40,396 40,229 40,924
Unemployment 3,253 3,392 3,074 2,747 2,682 2,760 2,304 2,100 2,054 2,266 2,417 2,552 2,633
Unemployment Rate 7.7% 8.0% 7.3% 6.4% 6.0% 6.0% 5.1% 4.8% 4.7% 5.3% 5.6% 6.0% 6.0%
                         
1998
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 41,915 42,132 42,060 42,295 44,084 45,215 45,622 44,571 43,990 43,529 43,126 42,940 43,457
Employment 38,945 39,041 39,099 39,671 41,500 42,451 43,290 42,359 41,657 41,035 40,369 40,088 40,792
Unemployment 2,970 3,091 2,961 2,624 2,584 2,764 2,332 2,212 2,333 2,494 2,757 2,852 2,665
Unemployment Rate 7.1% 7.3% 7.0% 6.2% 5.9% 6.1% 5.1% 5.0% 5.3% 5.7% 6.4% 6.6% 6.1%
                         
1997
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 41,768 41,896 41,951 42,502 43,751 45,186 45,007 44,349 44,044 44,147 43,451 42,968 43,418
Employment 38,178 38,130 38,368 39,068 40,698 42,063 42,386 41,956 41,645 41,639 40,804 40,404 40,445
Unemployment 3,590 3,766 3,583 3,434 3,053 3,123 2,621 2,393 2,399 2,508 2,647 2,564 2,973
Unemployment Rate 8.6% 9.0% 8.5% 8.1% 7.0% 6.9% 5.8% 5.4% 5.4% 5.7% 6.1% 6.0% 6.8%
                         
1996
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 40,663 40,682 41,001 41,595 43,329 44,745 45,000 44,030 43,529 43,456 43,165 42,258 42,788
Employment 37,000 36,938 37,194 38,195 40,291 41,685 42,085 41,277 40,794 40,602 40,050 39,164 39,606
Unemployment 3,663 3,744 3,807 3,400 3,038 3,060 2,915 2,753 2,735 2,854 3,115 3,094 3,182
Unemployment Rate 9.0% 9.2% 9.3% 8.2% 7.0% 6.8% 6.5% 6.3% 6.3% 6.6% 7.2% 7.3% 7.4%
                         
1995
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 39,899 39,846 39,727 40,195 41,803 43,491 43,130 42,618 42,288 41,344 41,400 40,759 41,375
Employment 36,399 36,200 36,125 36,896 38,819 40,278 40,269 39,993 39,695 38,552 38,317 37,618 38,263
Unemployment 3,500 3,646 3,602 3,299 2,984 3,213 2,861 2,625 2,593 2,792 3,083 3,141 3,112
Unemployment Rate 8.8% 9.2% 9.1% 8.2% 7.1% 7.4% 6.6% 6.2% 6.1% 6.8% 7.4% 7.7% 7.5%
                         
1994
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 39,579 39,232 39,173 39,818 41,325 42,571 43,178 42,255 41,949 40,958 40,754 40,236 40,919
Employment 35,718 35,283 35,421 36,285 37,928 39,083 39,987 39,429 39,208 38,130 37,830 37,232 37,628
Unemployment 3,861 3,949 3,752 3,533 3,397 3,488 3,191 2,826 2,741 2,828 2,924 3,004 3,291
Unemployment Rate 9.8% 10.1% 9.6% 8.9% 8.2% 8.2% 7.4% 6.7% 6.5% 6.9% 7.2% 7.5% 8.0%
                         
1993
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 38,042 37,735 38,022 38,305 40,450 41,306 40,969 41,184 40,841 40,155 40,166 39,584 39,730
Employment 34,470 34,030 34,344 34,978 37,287 37,840 37,921 38,281 37,916 36,879 36,850 36,156 36,413
Unemployment 3,572 3,705 3,678 3,327 3,163 3,466 3,048 2,903 2,925 3,276 3,316 3,428 3,317
Unemployment Rate 9.4% 9.8% 9.7% 8.7% 7.8% 8.4% 7.4% 7.0% 7.2% 8.2% 8.3% 8.7% 8.3%
                         
1992
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 37,474 37,437 37,879 37,718 39,713 40,755 40,689 40,027 39,585 38,542 38,640 38,342 38,900
Employment 33,223 33,031 33,649 33,786 35,850 36,711 37,201 36,886 36,545 35,283 35,309 35,048 35,210
Unemployment 4,251 4,406 4,230 3,932 3,863 4,044 3,488 3,141 3,040 3,259 3,331 3,294 3,690
Unemployment Rate 11.3% 11.8% 11.2% 10.4% 9.7% 9.9% 8.6% 7.8% 7.7% 8.5% 8.6% 8.6% 9.5%
                         
1991
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 35,197 35,414 35,525 35,503 36,669 37,701 37,771 37,404 37,507 37,631 37,651 37,266 36,770
Employment 31,625 31,519 31,641 31,833 33,045 33,810 34,224 34,105 34,228 34,316 33,979 33,525 33,154
Unemployment 3,572 3,895 3,884 3,670 3,624 3,891 3,547 3,299 3,279 3,315 3,672 3,741 3,616
Unemployment Rate 10.1% 11.0% 10.9% 10.3% 9.9% 10.3% 9.4% 8.8% 8.7% 8.8% 9.8% 10.0% 9.8%
                         
1990
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 34,332 34,355 34,483 34,448 36,122 36,927 37,368 37,075 36,090 35,508 35,075 35,176 35,580
Employment 30,978 31,002 31,267 31,405 32,987 33,728 34,527 34,245 33,382 32,598 31,920 31,998 32,503
Unemployment 3,354 3,353 3,216 3,043 3,135 3,199 2,841 2,830 2,708 2,910 3,155 3,178 3,077
Unemployment Rate 9.8% 9.8% 9.3% 8.8% 8.7% 8.7% 7.6% 7.6% 7.5% 8.2% 9.0% 9.0% 8.6%

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.