DATE: February 16, 2001      NO: 01-39

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Rachel Baker

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Department of Labor and Workforce Development

News Release

 

Graph: December 2000 Unemployment for selected areas  
 

Labor Force By Region and Census Area

  Labor Force Unemployment Rate Employment
 

2/00

1/00

2/99

2/00

1/00

2/99

2/00

1/00

2/99

2/00

1/00

2/99

Alaska Statewide

314,002

313,173

311,469

23,537

23,320

26,794

7.5

7.4

8.6

290,465

289,853

284,675

 
Anchorage/Mat-Su Region

173,465

174,337

169,103

10,008

9,730

11,275

5.8

5.6

6.7

163,457

164,607

157,828

Municipality of Anchorage

143,434

144,040

140,600

7,214

7,005

8,006

5

4.9

5.7

136,220

137,035

132,594

Mat-Su Borough

30,031

30,297

28,503

2,794

2,725

3,269

9.3

9

11.5

27,237

27,572

25,234

 
Gulf Coast Region

31,901

31,419

32,383

3,714

3,875

4,437

11.6

12.3

13.7

28,187

27,544

27,946

Kenai Peninsula Borough

20,735

20,304

21,171

2,856

2,833

3,445

13.8

14

16.3

17,879

17,471

17,726

Kodiak Island Borough

6,326

6,294

6,317

350

454

392

5.5

7.2

6.2

5,976

5,840

5,925

Valdez-Cordova

4,839

4,821

4,895

508

588

601

10.5

12.2

12.3

4,331

4,233

4,294

 
Interior Region

47,943

47,744

47,505

3,852

3,833

4,554

8

8

9.6

44,091

43,911

42,951

Denali Borough

1,216

1,226

1,168

162

176

141

13.3

14.4

12.1

1,054

1,050

1,027

Fairbanks North Star Borough

42,170

41,990

41,809

2,966

2,946

3,619

7

7

8.7

39,204

39,044

38,190

Southeast Fairbanks

2,514

2,532

2,506

350

377

398

13.9

14.9

15.9

2,164

2,155

2,108

Yukon-Koyukuk

2,043

1,996

2,022

373

333

396

18.3

16.7

19.6

1,670

1,663

1,626

 
Northern Region            
Nome            
North Slope Borough            
Northwest Arctic Borough            
 
Southeast Region            
Haines Borough            
Juneau Borough            
Ketchikan Gateway Borough            
Pr. of Wales-Outer Ketchikan            
Sitka Borough            
Skagway-Hoonah-Angoon            
Wrangell-Petersburg            
Yakutat Borough            
 
Southwest Region            
Aleutians East Borough            
Aleutians West            
Bethel            
Bristol Bay Borough            
Dillingham            
Lake & Peninsula Borough            
Wade Hampton            

Alaska Nonagricultural Wage & Salary Employment 

  P/ R/    Changes From:
  12/00 11/00 12/99 11/00 12/99
Total Nonagricultural Employment
Mining
Construction
Manufacturing
Transportation, Communications. & Utilities
Trade
Finance, Insurance & Real Estate
Services & Misc.
Government

Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates


Benchmark: March 1999 Source: Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Research and Analysis Section.

  • Comparisons between different time periods are not as meaningful as other time series produced by Research and Analysis. 
  • The official definition of unemployment currently in place excludes anyone who has not made an active attempt to find work in the four-week period up to and including the week that includes the 12th of the reference month. Due to the scarcity of employment opportunities in rural Alaska locations, many individuals do not meet the official definition of unemployed because they have not conducted an active job search. These individuals are considered not in the labor force.

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