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Alaska unemployment rate 6.7 percent in December

Staff Writer |
Alaska’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.7 percent in December, essentially unchanged from November’s 6.8 percent.

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The comparable national rate was 4.7 percent. December’s not-seasonally adjusted rate was 6.5 percent, down from November’s 6.6 percent.

The unadjusted rate does not typically fall from November to December, but a one-tenth of a percentage point change is not signifi cant enough to suggest a reversal of normal trends.

Around the state, unemployment rates fell in eight boroughs and census areas, rose in 16, and were unchanged in five.

Skagway had the highest unemployment rate in December at 20.3 percent, and Sitka had the lowest rate at 4.3 percent.

Preliminary employment estimates for December show a decline of 7,600 jobs compared to the same month in the previous year, for a loss of 2.4 percent.

The oil and gas, construction and professional business services sectors shared the bulk of private sector losses, while state government drove public sector losses.

The only industry with notable growth in December was health care.