Alaska unemployment rises in June

Posted: Monday, July 22, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's unemployment rose in June.

The overall jobless rate throughout the state rose to 6.3 percent -- up from 5.8 percent in May.

The national rate also rose last month from 5.5 percent to 6 percent.

The number of unemployed Alaskans rose by 2,227 in June to 21,429.

The state's three largest cities -- Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau -- all saw increases in unemployment. Areas of the state with a heavy concentration of tourism businesses saw a drop in their jobless rates, including the Denali Borough, the Kenai Peninsula Borough and the Haines Borough.

Areas of the state with a heavy dependence on fishing saw an increase in the unemployment rate, including Kodiak and Dillingham.

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