August 2020
Preliminary1 Unemployment Rate

To view unemployment rates and labor force data for an area, click on the area name or unemployment rate.

Read September 18, 2020 press release

Not Seasonally Adjusted
Unemployment Rates
U.S., Alaska, and Borough and Census Areas
Unemployment Rate
United States 8.5%
Alaska 6.4%
Aleutians East Borough 1.7%
Aleutians West Census Area 2.2%
Anchorage, Municipality of 6.6%
Bethel Census Area 10.0%
Bristol Bay Borough 3.7%
Denali Borough 5.9%
Dillingham Census Area 5.7%
Fairbanks North Star Borough 5.0%
Haines Borough 9.5%
Hoonah-Angoon Census Area 8.8%
Juneau, City and Borough of 5.7%
Kenai Peninsula Borough 6.8%
Ketchikan Gateway Borough 7.7%
Kodiak Island Borough 4.4%
Kusilvak Census Area 13.9%
Lake and Peninsula Borough 5.7%
Matanuska-Susitna Borough 6.8%
Nome Census Area 8.6%
North Slope Borough 4.9%
Northwest Arctic Borough 10.3%
Petersburg Borough 5.3%
Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area 7.8%
Sitka, City and Borough of 4.8%
Skagway, Municipality of 12.0%
Southeast Fairbanks Census Area 5.3%
Valdez-Cordova Census Area 4.6%
Wrangell, City and Borough of 6.3%
Yakutat, City and Borough of 6.7%
Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 9.1%
Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA)
Unemployment Rate
Anchorage/Mat-Su MSA 6.6%
Fairbanks MSA 5.0%
Alaska's Economic Regions
Unemployment Rate
Anchorage/Mat-Su Economic Region 6.6%
Gulf Coast Economic Region 6.1%
Interior Economic Region 5.2%
Northern Economic Region 8.0%
Southeast Economic Region 6.5%
Southwest Economic Region 6.7%
Seasonally Adjusted2
Unemployment Rates
Unemployment Rate
United States 8.4%
Alaska 7.4%

1Preliminary data are the most current available. Data are revised every month for the previous month and again at the end of every calendar year.
2Seasonal adjustment is a statistical method for removing predictable seasonal fluctuations in the unemployment rates so that the underlying trends are easier to see. For example, Alaska’s unemployment rates are typically lower in the summer when construction, fishing, and tourism jobs are all at their yearly high points. Removing that expected seasonal fluctuation provides a clearer picture of whether rates are rising or falling, aside from their normal ups and downs over the course of the year.

Read more about seasonal adjustment and how it works.

Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates
Alaska and U.S.
January 2012 to August 2020

FusionCharts will load here!

Source: Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Research and Analysis Section