Alaska unemployment shows slight increase

Posted: Friday, July 18, 2003

JUNEAU (AP) The state's monthly unemployment rate for June showed a slight increase, according to a state report.

The rate for June was 7.4 percent compared to 7.1 percent in May, the Labor and Workforce Development Department said.

The Denali Borough had the state's lowest unemployment rate at 4.2 percent. The highest rate was in the Wade Hampton Census Area in the western part of the state at 27.8 percent.

Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau all had higher unemployment rates last month.

For the last two years Alaska's unemployment rate has increased slightly in June, according to the report.

The state added 10,700 seasonal jobs from May to June, more than half in leisure and hospitality and retail trade.

The state also gained jobs in health care, construction, seafood processing and air transportation.

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