Juneau, AK-(KINY) Unemployment jumped during this last year in Juneau and South East Alaska with an increase from 4.1 to 4.6 percent. The Alaska employment rate was down by 1.3 percent in the past year with 4,600 jobs lost.
Prince of Wales had the highest rate locally at 7.9 percent, Hoonah Angoon had 7.9 percent, Sitka 4.4 percent, and Ketchikan 7.4 percent.
Department of Labor Economist Neil Freid says the national unemployment rate is at a healthy 4.2 percent while Alaska struggles with a second year of recession. Fried says Alaska often is going the opposite direction from the rest of the country when it comes to employment numbers.
Fried notes that during the national recession of 2009 to 2013, Alaska was hardly touched. People moved to Alaska for jobs and those who might have left, decided to stay. Now, Alaska finds that it is in the opposite cycle, losing jobs while unemployment hits a low of 4.2% in the lower 48.