Alaska unemployment rate holds steady at seven percent

Posted: Friday, July 16, 2004

ANCHORAGE - The unemployment rate in Alaska held at 7 percent in June, according to the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

The jobless rate typically changes very little from May to June because an increase in seasonal jobs is offset by a flood of students looking for summer work, according to the department.

The rates in Anchorage (4.9 percent) and Juneau (5 percent) were unchanged last month, while Fairbanks rose from 5.6 percent in May to 5.8 percent in June.

The state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged from May at 7.3 percent. The national rate for June was 5.6 percent.

About 3,400 jobs have been added to the state since last year, with 1,700 coming in education and health services.

The state lost 1,100 government jobs compared to last June, but about half of those jobs were temporary hires to fight fires last year.

Some 600 temporary workers have been hired to fight wildfires in the Alaska Interior this year, but most of those numbers won't show up until the July report.

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