Alaska unemployment rate stays at 6.7 percent for July

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's unemployment rate stayed at 6.7 percent last month, unchanged from June.

    Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for July was 4.9 percent, which the state labor department says is also unchanged from a month earlier.

    Parts of the region have very low unemployment rates during the summer because of heavy fishing and seafood processing activity. The more northern parts, such as the Kusilvak and Bethel census areas, don’t get the same economic boost and have high unemployment rates year-round.

    Alaska’s job count was down 1.3 percent in July, compared to July 2015. The biggest private-sector losses were in oil and gas, construction, and professional and business services. State government’s job count was also down. Health care was the only industry that grew substantially, while other sectors were mostly flat compared to last July.

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