State jobless rate shows modest jump in July

Posted: Friday, August 16, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- Unemployment in Alaska rose to 5.7 percent in July, up from 5.3 percent for the same time last year, the state Department of Labor reported Thursday.

The July jobless rate is less than a percentage point below the previous month total of 6.3 percent. Alaska's unemployment rate remains above the national average.

The number of unemployed Alaskans grew by 1,955, to 19,674 people. That's an increase of 11 percent from the same time last year.

Anchorage's month-to-month unemployment rate fell less than a percentage point in July to 4.3 percent. Fairbanks dropped to 4.8 and Juneau to 4.4 percent, the labor department reported.

The Aleutians East Borough continued to have the lowest unemployment rate in the state at just 2.1 percent. The Wade-Hampton census area continued to have the highest jobless rate at 20.7 percent in July.

Preliminary wage and salary employment estimates for July indicate the state added about 7,700 jobs over the month and 1,900 jobs over the year, the department said.

Construction in Alaska continues to show impressive growth and the service and trade industries also continue to add jobs, the department said. Mining and manufacturing jobs are down over the year, the department said.

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