Alaska’s Unemployment Rate Falls In September

The unemployment rate in Alaska fell last month. It continues to be lower than the national average.

The seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate in Alaska was 7.5 percent in September. That’s two-tenths of a percent lower than August. The state Department of Labor revised its August figure downward one-tenth of a percentage point to 7.7 percent.

Nationally the unemployment rate is 7.8 percent, which is the lowest it’s been since January 2009. Alaska’s rate has been lower than the national average since the end 2008.

The September numbers in Alaska are welcome news; the state unemployment rate had been ticking upward for four months.