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Alaska Unemployment Stats and News
Alaska Unemployment Stats
Current and Historical Alaska Stats Analysis
Alaska unemployment stats are typically higher than the national average. This year is no different. Currently, the unemployment rate sits at about 6.8 percent, nearly two percentage points higher than the national average.
Unemployment peaked at 8.0 percent in August 2009, well below many other states. However, it's peak-low since then was 6.4 percent in January 2015.
Even more troubling is the fact that Alaska was one of the few states to gain unemployed citizens in the last year, with nearly 800 people losing their jobs.
What causes such a high rate of unemployment in Alaska? Work is very seasonal in the state, due to its high levels of snow and cold in the winter. As a result, many jobs (such as trucking, oil drilling, and construction) can't be sustained during the winter months.
Due to its isolation from the rest of the country, Alaska also doesn't receive the same kind of tourism that helps other rural states succeed. As a result, there are currently about 24,000 unemployed people in the state.
Why Unemployment Stats Are Valuable
Alaska Unemployment Stats Resources
To learn more about Alaska employment stats, check out these useful resources:
- Department of Labor and Workforce Development – Research and Analysis
- Bureau of Labor Statistics – Alaska Site
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Alaska Unemployment News
Alaska Unemployment in the News
Although the increasingly high unemployment rate in the state continues to concern residents, Alaska unemployment news has recently been positive, thanks to a few measures to help increase employment.
For example, a maritime apprenticeship was recently offered to Alaskans who were interested in positions in the commercial maritime fleet. This apprenticeship requires passing physicals, drug screenings, and background checks.
During this period, Alaskans must go through a 14-month training program to receive a job, such as a cook, fireman, or a seafarer.
In other news, Alaska recently received a grant to help reduce recidivism among its high population of prisoners by expanding the employment program in the state's correctional facilities.
In this way, they can walk out of their confinement with a way to make money without turning to crime.
Positive steps like this are likely to help improve the severe unemployment situation in the state. However, a sustained focus on bringing in new industries and boosting the tourist trade could also help.