State unemployment rate rises to 8 percent

Posted: Sunday, March 22, 2009

JUNEAU - State labor officials said Alaska's unemployment rate is rising, standing at 8 percent for February.

That's a two-tenths of a percentage point increase over January.

About 33,000 people were unemployed last month, an increase of more than 7,800 over January. Claims for unemployment insurance were up 12 percent from February last year.

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