Kodiak’s jobless rate fell slightly between June and July, matching the same trend found around the state.
Statewide the unemployment rate fell in every region.
The state’s labor department says that traditionally more Alaskans find work in summer months. The state’s workforce numbers peaked in July during six of the last 10 years.
That’s no surprise for us here in Kodiak where the increase in fishery activity plays a big role in our employment numbers.
Locally, July’s unemployment rate was 6.2 percent, down from 6.7 in June. In terms of people that means 28 more people were working in July than in June.
Last year at this time the local jobless rate was just 5.8.
Generally, July tends to be the month of lowest unemployment throughout the state as fisheries and tourism gives job seekers a big boost.