State unemployment rose 1% in January

Across the state, Alaska’s unemployment rate reached 7.9% in January, slightly higher than the national rate for the same month.  The Alaska rate is more than a percentage point higher than December.  State Labor Department economist Dan Robinson says the rise is partly due to annual processing revisions. Revised data from a previous calendar year don’t strictly compare to rates in the current year.

Rebecca Sheir, KTOO – Juneau

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