State labor officials say Alaska’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in June was 6.1 percent, compared to 7.6 percent nationally.
Alaska’s rate was up two-tenths of a percentage point from May, which state economists say is typical as students enter the workforce and seasonal school employees look for summer work. That may be the case in the capital city, where 4.6 percent of the workforce was out of a job, compared to 3.8 percent in May. Juneau’s rate remains the third lowest in the state.
Fueled by fishing and tourism, the Bristol Bay Borough and Skagway had the lowest rates at 1.8 percent.
In June 2012, unemployment in Alaska was 7.1 percent.
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