Unemployment continues seasonal decline

Posted: Friday, June 15, 2001

JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska's unemployment rate dropped in May as tourism and construction industries provided more jobs, although some parts of the state did not see that improvement.

The overall unemployment rate fell from 6.1 percent in April to 5.6 percent in May. That's an improvement over last May's unemployment rate of 6.8 percent, but still above the national rate for the month of 4.1 percent.

Most regions of the state saw their jobless rate go down because of increases in retail trade, tourism, construction and transportation activity, according to the Department of Labor.

The exceptions to that trend were the southwest region, which lost winter fisheries jobs, and the northern region, which lost winter oil drilling and construction jobs.

The lowest unemployment rate was 3.6 percent in the Sitka Borough, and the highest was 19.3 percent in the Wade Hampton Census Area.

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