Alaska's unemployment rate outpaces nation's

Posted: Monday, December 23, 2002

JUNEAU - Alaska's unemployment rate for November was 6.7 percent, up four-tenths of a percentage point from the previous month, according to state labor officials.

Alaska's rate is higher than the national average, which in November stood 1 percentage point lower, the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development said.

Except for Southeast, all the state's regions recorded unemployment rates that were at least slightly higher than last November, according to the labor agency.

Juneau's rate was 5 percent. Wade Hampton at 17.4 percent had the highest rate. Kenai also was high at 11.1 percent. Ketchikan's rate was 8.1 percent.

Fairbanks' rate at 5.9 percent was slightly higher than the national average. Anchorage at 4.7 percent was 1 percentage point lower than the average.

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