Alaska unemployment stays flat in March

Alaska’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was flat in March, according to new figures from the Alaska Department of Labor, but the state still has many fewer jobs than it did before the ongoing recession began.

According to information released Friday, the state’s unemployment rate remains at 7.3 percent, once the ebb and flow of seasonal work is considered. The comparable national rate is 4.1 percent.

Alaska had 315,700 jobs in March, down 2,800 from the same month last year, and down 12,700 from the 328,400 the state had in March 2015, the year the recession began. This year’s figure is preliminary and may be revised, Department of Labor experts said.


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