May 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 13.0%
Alaska 12.5%
Aleutians East Borough 15.8%
Aleutians West Census Area 19.5%
Anchorage, Municipality of 12.3%
Bethel Census Area 14.0%
Bristol Bay Borough 10.5%
Denali Borough 14.7%
Dillingham Census Area 10.6%
Fairbanks North Star Borough 10.2%
Haines Borough 22.5%
Hoonah-Angoon Census Area 16.6%
Juneau, City and Borough of 10.8%
Kenai Peninsula Borough 14.2%
Ketchikan Gateway Borough 15.2%
Kodiak Island Borough 9.2%
Kusilvak Census Area 20.5%
Lake and Peninsula Borough 12.7%
Matanuska-Susitna Borough 12.9%
Nome Census Area 14.7%
North Slope Borough 8.1%
Northwest Arctic Borough 15.9%
Petersburg Borough 15.2%
Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area 13.4%
Sitka, City and Borough of 12.3%
Skagway, Municipality of 19.9%
Southeast Fairbanks Census Area 10.3%
Valdez-Cordova Census Area 12.2%
Wrangell, City and Borough of 12.9%
Yakutat, City and Borough of 12.9%
Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 16.5%
Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA)
 
Area
Unemployment Rate
Anchorage/Mat-Su MSA 12.4%
Fairbanks MSA 10.2%
Alaska's Economic Regions
 
Area
Unemployment Rate
Anchorage/Mat-Su Economic Region 12.4%
Gulf Coast Economic Region 13.1%
Interior Economic Region 10.7%
Northern Economic Region 13.0%
Southeast Economic Region 13.0%
Southwest Economic Region 15.7%
Seasonally Adjusted2
Unemployment Rates
 
Area
Unemployment Rate
United States 13.3%
Alaska 12.6%

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 May 2020

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