The program will end in Alaska on June 12, but an extension of regular unemployment benefits will continue until September when the federal program expires.
While parts of the state fared better than others, Neal Fried with the Alaska Department of Labor says no region escaped the financial hardship of the pandemic.
Frustration and impatience with Congress is building among out-of-work Alaskans and local leaders, who say the lack of a social safety net has made it far more painful to maintain the health mandates aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19.
Congressional Republicans have been pushing for a short-term extension of the federal unemployment benefits, while Democrats want a broader relief bill that would pay the benefits through January.
Initial filings for unemployment insurance in Alaska nearly doubled in the week ending on March 28, with over 14,500 new filings, according to new data released from the U.S. Department of Labor.
Juneau’s unemployment rate remains one of the lowest in the state, thanks to the summer tourism and construction season. Statewide, the unemployment rate decreased in 21 of the state’s 29 boroughs and census areas, according to the Alaska Department of Labor. In Southeast Alaska, jobs swell in the fishing, construction and tourism industries during the…
Alaska’s unemployment rate has been lower than the national rate for 51 straight months.
The unemployment rate in Alaska dropped to 6.6 percent in December.
Alaska’s unemployment rate rose in June, to 7.3 percent. The state Labor Department said that three-tenths of a percentage point increase from May’s 7.0 percent.