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Ketchikan - Statewide:
February Unemployment Unchanged Statewide at 8.9%; Ketchikan's
Unemployment Rate 11.3% - Alaska's unemployment rate remained
at 8.9 percent in February. The state's rate typically reaches
its highest levels in January and February and then declines
steadily to a low point in August that is two to three percentage
points lower than the winter level according to information released
Friday by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
The comparable national rate
( not seasonally adjusted) was 6.0 percent. The much less seasonal
national economy rarely sees unemployment rate fluctuations of
greater than one percentage point over the course of a year.
Dan Robinson, an economist with the Alaska Department of Labor
and Workforce Development, reported the numbers.
Around Southeast Alaska, Ketchikan
reported as 11.3 percent unemployment in February down from January's
reported unemployment rate of 11.8 percent. The unemployment
rate for Prince of Wales' for February was reported as 19.0 percent
down from January's 20.2 percent . Wrangell-Petersburg reported
15.9 percent down form January's 16.4 percent and Sitka reported
8.8 percent down from January's 9.1 percent. Juneau reported
7.3 percent down from January's 7.5 percent. - Read
Monday - March 22, 2004 - 1:00 am
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