State unemployment jumps to 8.5 percent

Posted: Monday, April 20, 2009

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.

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