Kodiak's jobless rate jumped in May instead of trending down like one might
expect given the way fisheries and tourism are ramping up.
Island Borough's unemployment rate went from 6-point-6 percent in April to
7-point-3 percent for May.
comparison, the Kenai Peninsula Borough, home to Seward and Homer, saw its
jobless rate fall from 9-point-8 percent in April to 8-point-7 in May.
Bristol Bay saw big swings between April and May as that region geared up to
harvest and process herring and one of the world's largest salmon fisheries.
Bay Borough's unemployment rate plummeted from 9-point-2 percent in April to
2-point-9 percent in May.
Alaska Department of Labor reports that the job news around the state was mixed.
In four of the six regions, unemployment fell thanks to the summer tourist
season and fisheries coming on line.
Borough, home of Denali Park and Mount McKinley, one of the state's premier
tourist attractions, went from one of the highest jobless rates in
April-16-point-2 percent, to one of the lowest in May at 6-point-2 percent.
highest jobless rate was in the Aleutians East Borough, which includes Akutan,
Cold Bay, False Pass and Sand Point, where some groundfish fisheries were
ending their seasons. The jobless rate in that area was a staggering 21-percent
in May, up from 9-pont-7 in April.
Aleutians West Census Area, which is home to Dutch Harbor, struggled through May
with 14-point-4 percent unemployment, compared to 7-point-9 in April.