Alaska’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.6 percent in March.
That’s up one-tenth of a percent from February, according to the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
The state’s unemployment rate is still below the national average of 6.7 percent, which held steady in March.
Last month kicked off the seasonal hiring season in much of Alaska. The labor department reports unemployment rates fell in 26 of 29 boroughs and census areas from February to March.
Juneau continues to have one of the lowest rates in the state at 5.4 percent. The North Slope Borough had the lowest rate last month, at 4.3 percent.
The highest rate was in Western Alaska’s Wade Hampton Census Area, at 25.8 percent. The Hoonah-Angoon Census Area in Southeast Alaska was second highest at 25.7 percent.
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- Master Gardener Ed Buyarski reminds us to ventilate our greenhouse, harvest our garlic and raspberries, deadhead any finished flowers, and eradicate all slugs.
- AT&T's announced plans to upgrade the network by summer of 2016 have stalled. And people in Skagway have noticed, as they slog through another summer of cell phone problems.
- The City of Bethel has gotten an extension on it’s regional general permit from the Army Corps of Engineers that will allow the city to review permits for citizens building in a wetland, a designation which encompasses much of Bethel.