Unemployment in Alaska in May remains at 6.7%, number of jobs up from May 2020


Juneau, Alaska (KINY) – Employment in Alaska in May increased 5.7% from May 2020, a gain of 16,500 jobs.

Jobs in May 2021 were still 29,600 below May 2019 levels.

In the Southeast, 2,500 jobs were added from May 2021 to May 2020, an increase of 8.2%. State labor economist Karinne Wiebold said the increase leads the state in year-over-year growth. “It’s a little higher than in other areas, but a lot of that is because last year the southeast was hit so hard, so we look good as we start. to recoup some of the losses we suffered last year, “she said.

The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 6.7% in May. The comparable US rate fell from 6.1% to 5.8%.

Juneau’s unemployment rate stood at 5.1% in May, down from 5.3% in April but up from 10.7% in May 2020. Other southern communities -est experienced a 1% to 3% drop in unemployment rates. Wiebold said: “It’s not much of a surprise to anyone who knows the seasonality of Alaska and especially the economy of the Southeast that with these unadjusted rates for our boroughs and census areas, we are seeing them. drop as summer approaches, so the long-awaited seasonal pattern. “

Leisure and hospitality increased by 6,000 jobs, but remain down by 9,900 compared to May 2019.

The number of jobs in two industries has surpassed pre-COVID levels. Health care employment increased by 1,800 from 2020 and by 300 from 2019. Manufacturing, which consists primarily of processing seafood in Alaska, increased by 400 from 2020 and of 100 compared to 2019.

Oil and gas was the only major sector with significantly fewer jobs in May than a year ago. Alaska had 6,100 oil and gas jobs, about 1,400 fewer than last year and 3,600 in May 2019.

The number of jobs in local government was up 1,100 from last May, but down 4,500 from May 2019. Employment in public administration was up 600 from last year. last year and 600 from 2019. Federal jobs were up from two years, 300 last year and 500 in 2019.

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