State unemployment at 6.7 percent in April

Alaska’s seasonally adjusted employment rate nudged up 0.2 points in April to 6.7 percent. The national rate was 5.4 percent, according to the state Labor Department.

Unadjusted unemployment — the rate that doesn’t account for seasonal job swings — was 7 percent, down from 7.5 percent in March. That rate was 7.1 percent in April 2014. Unadjusted rates declined in 24 of the states 29 boroughs and census areas, a Labor Department release states.

While the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in April was up from March, it was down 0.2 percent year-over-year.

“The recent dip and subsequent recovery in the rate make it difficult to identify a clear trend, but other indicators suggest that 2015 has been on a similar trajectory to the previous year,” the release states.

Employment opportunities grew in all regions of the state, except Southwest as winter Bering Sea fisheries wrapped up during the month.

Statewide employment in April was similar to 2014, according to the Labor Department.

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