The information for final week exhibits there have been 4,809 preliminary unemployment claims, up 284 from the earlier week. There have been 19,980 persevering with claims.
“It’s affirmation that Alaska’s labor market remains to be in a fairly darkish place,” College of Alaska Anchorage economics professor Mouhcine Guettabi mentioned.
On Friday, the Alaska Division of Labor and Workforce Improvement announced November employment was at 293,500 jobs, down 7.4% from a yr prior. Leisure and hospitality jobs have been down 22% — a lack of 7,000 jobs from final November, the state mentioned.
The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 8.1% stays increased than the nationwide charge of 6.7%.
Guettabi mentioned the numbers are under no circumstances shocking, however he mentioned they’re a mirrored image of the pressing want for extra authorities help, on the federal and state ranges.
“The financial system just isn’t going to only begin once more,” he mentioned.
As of Friday night, lawmakers in Congress have been still negotiating on a brand new COVID-19 reduction bundle.
In mid-November, about 40,800 folks whole obtained unemployment help, about 1,000 greater than in every of the earlier six weeks.
That information mirrored a time simply earlier than the Performing Mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson closed bars and eating places to indoor service for the month of December, probably resulting in extra unemployment insurance coverage claims.