Ketchikan's January Unemployment Rate 11.8 percent
February 27, 2004
The comparable national rate (not seasonally adjusted) for January was 6.3 percent. Dan Robinson, an economist with the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, reported the numbers.
Five of the state's six economic regions recorded higher rates in January, the exception being in the Gulf Coast where seasonal jobs related to Kodiak's January crab fishery pushed the rate lower.
Anchorage's unemployment rate remained substantially lower that other areas in the state, increasing from 5.6 percent in December to 6.0 percent in January. Fairbanks saw a larger increase, from 7.1 percent to 8.0 percent.
At 7.5 percent, Juneau's rate remained well below those of other Southeast boroughs and census areas. Sitka is the only other community in Southeast that does not have a double-digit unemployment rate.
The Ketchikan Gateway Borough's unemployment rate for January was reported at 11.8 percent, up from December's 9.6 percent. (For more information about Ketchikan's Labor Force, click here).
January's unemployment rate for Prince of Wales was 20.2 percent, up from December's 16.0 percent.
Other significant employment losses statewide came in construction, retail trade, and food services and drinking places. Manufacturing jobs increased in January behind the strength of seafood processing activity.
According to an Alaska Department of Labor news release, comparisons to last year show that Alaska has added about 5,700 jobs since January 2003. Health care and social services employment continues to show strong growth as does the construction industry. The most significant over the year employment losses have come from the oil industry which is estimated to have about 400 fewer jobs than in January 2003.
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