Unemployment rate steady at 6.7 percent

Employment in health care in Alaska grew substantially in July, while the biggest losses in the private sector were in oil and gas, construction and professional and business services, state officials said.

A report issued on Aug. 19 by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development said Alaska’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.7 percent in July, unchanged from the previous month, compared to 4.9 percent nationally, also unchanged.

July’s unadjusted rate was 6.1 percent, down from 6.7 percent in June, typical of Alaska’s summer employment pattern.

Kusilvk Census Area had the highest rate in July, at 23.3 percent unemployment. The lowest rates were in Aleutians East Borough, Bristol Bay Borough and the Aleutians West Census Area, at 2.1, 2l2 and 2.5 percent respectively.