unemployment rate is now below that of the Lower 48, and Kodiak's unemployment
rate is also bucking the trend.
show 8.5 percent of the borough's workforce to have filed for unemployment
benefits in June, compared to 9.1 percent a year ago. That relates to 553
unemployed now, compared to 609 last year. Despite the canneries gearing up for
salmon, the rate grew nine-tenths of a percentage point in June over May this year.
Wade-Hampton Census Area, that is, the northern Yukon Delta, once again
recorded the highest rate of unemployment with nearly a third of the workforce
idle. The tiny Denali and Bristol Bay boroughs each had the lowest rates in the
state at 3.2 percent. In Anchorage, it was 7.3 percent.
unemployment rate is 8.4 percent, fully one percentage point lower than the
rest of the nation. The state's rate in June represents an overall loss of
11-hundred jobs, most of those coming in the construction and the retail trades.
As you might expect, seafood processing jobs statewide almost doubled from May to June. Jobs in healthcare also increased, as did government
employment and jobs in the oil and gas industry.