JUNEAU - Alaska's unemployment rate continues to rise.
State labor officials announced Friday that the unemployment rate for March was 8.5 percent. That's up six-tenths of a percentage point. Officials had said the unemployment rate for February was 8 percent, but recast that as 7.9 percent.
The state said 33,000 Alaskans were unemployed last month, compared to 24,750 in March 2008.