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Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates for Alaska and United States 2012 - 2021

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2021


August 2021 Preliminary1 Unemployment Rate

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U.S., Alaska, and Borough and Census Areas (Not Seasonally Adjusted)
Area Unemployment Rate
United States 5.3
Alaska 5.1
Aleutians East Borough 1.3
Aleutians West Census Area 2.1
Anchorage, Municipality of 4.8
Bethel Census Area 11.3
Bristol Bay Borough 3.0
Denali Borough 7.6
Dillingham Census Area 6.3
Fairbanks North Star Borough 3.9
Haines Borough 7.4
Hoonah-Angoon Census Area 6.1
Juneau, City and Borough of 3.6
Kenai Peninsula Borough 5.4
Ketchikan Gateway Borough 5.7
Kodiak Island Borough 3.9
Kusilvak Census Area 18.0
Lake and Peninsula Borough 6.9
Matanuska-Susitna Borough 5.5
Nome Census Area 9.8
North Slope Borough 5.7
Northwest Arctic Borough 9.8
Petersburg Borough 5.2
Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area 6.2
Sitka, City and Borough of 2.9
Skagway, Municipality of 8.6
Southeast Fairbanks Census Area 5.5
Valdez-Cordova Census Area 4.2
Wrangell, City and Borough of 5.3
Yakutat, City and Borough of 5.7
Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 9.4
Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) (Not Seasonally Adjusted)
Area Unemployment Rate
Anchorage/Mat-Su MSA 4.9
Fairbanks MSA 3.9
Alaska's Economic Regions (Not Seasonally Adjusted)
Area Unemployment Rate
Anchorage/Mat-Su Economic Region 4.9
Gulf Coast Economic Region 5.0
Interior Economic Region 4.3
Northern Economic Region 8.6
Southeast Economic Region 4.5
Southwest Economic Region 7.7
1 Preliminary data are the most current available. Data are revised every month for the previous month and again at the end of every calendar year.
Seasonally Adjusted 2 Unemployment Rates
Area Unemployment Rate
United States 5.2
Alaska 6.4
2 Seasonal 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.