April 2020
Preliminary1 Unemployment Rate

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Not Seasonally Adjusted
Unemployment Rates
U.S., Alaska, and Borough and Census Areas
 
Area
Unemployment Rate
United States 14.4%
Alaska 13.7%
Aleutians East Borough 10.4%
Aleutians West Census Area 4.5%
Anchorage, Municipality of 13.9%
Bethel Census Area 12.6%
Bristol Bay Borough 10.1%
Denali Borough 24.5%
Dillingham Census Area 9.6%
Fairbanks North Star Borough 11.2%
Haines Borough 27.3%
Hoonah-Angoon Census Area 18.0%
Juneau, City and Borough of 10.8%
Kenai Peninsula Borough 17.2%
Ketchikan Gateway Borough 17.3%
Kodiak Island Borough 10.6%
Kusilvak Census Area 20.4%
Lake and Peninsula Borough 14.2%
Matanuska-Susitna Borough 15.5%
Nome Census Area 12.6%
North Slope Borough 5.5%
Northwest Arctic Borough 14.5%
Petersburg Borough 15.5%
Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area 13.6%
Sitka, City and Borough of 12.8%
Skagway, Municipality of 31.4%
Southeast Fairbanks Census Area 10.5%
Valdez-Cordova Census Area 14.0%
Wrangell, City and Borough of 14.7%
Yakutat, City and Borough of 9.0%
Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 15.4%
Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA)
 
Area
Unemployment Rate
Anchorage/Mat-Su MSA 14.3%
Fairbanks MSA 11.2%
Alaska's Economic Regions
 
Area
Unemployment Rate
Anchorage/Mat-Su Economic Region 14.3%
Gulf Coast Economic Region 15.7%
Interior Economic Region 11.6%
Northern Economic Region 10.8%
Southeast Economic Region 13.8%
Southwest Economic Region 11.4%
Seasonally Adjusted2
Unemployment Rates
 
Area
Unemployment Rate
United States 14.7%
Alaska 12.9%

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 April 2020

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