State unemployment rate falls

Posted: Friday, March 15, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's unemployment rate fell to 7.3 percent in February, state labor officials said.

That's a decrease of about two-tenths of a percentage point from January. However, the number was still higher than the nationwide rate of 6.1 percent.

The number of unemployed Alaskans decreased by 581 in February to 23,675 people. Not since 1990 has the state's number of unemployed people been so low in February.

Most areas of the state saw small decreases. But Anchorage's rate edged up slightly.

The Aleutians East Borough recorded the lowest rate in the state -- just 3 percent. The Yukon-Koyukuk area had the highest at more than 18 percent.

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