Unemployment down in March, but job loss nears 22,000 over the year

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Alaska's employment in March was down 6.9 percent from March of 2020, a loss of 21,900 jobs.

    That's the word from the State Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained 6.6 percent in March. The comparable U.S. rate dropped from 6.2 percent to 6.0 percent.

    Leisure and hospitality continued to record the largest losses, with 7,200 fewer jobs than the previous March, down 23.2 percent. Oil and gas employment was down 3,600, or 36.4 percent). Professional and business services had 2,500 fewer jobs, down 9.1 percent. The transportation, warehousing, and utilities sector was down 2,000 or 10.0 percent,  and the job count in private education and health care was 1,500 lower or 2.9 percent.

    State government’s job count was 200 above the previous March, mostly from pandemic-related hires in public health and unemployment insurance. Federal employment was down 500 from last March when the 2020 Census was underway. Local government losses were largest  at5 2,000, primarily in K-12 public education.

    Juneau's unemployment rate stood at 5.5 percent in March down from February's 5. 7 percent but up from the 4.4 percent recorded in March of 2020.

    Skagway had the second-highest rate in Alaska at 17.6 percent.  The highest rate stood at 20 percent in the census area that encompasses western Alaska.   The lowest rate was recorded in the Aleutians West Census Area at 1.9 percent


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