As Fishing Slows, Unemployment Jumps

Monday, June 11 2012

Unemployment in Unalaska more than doubled in April, coinciding with the wind-down of a major fishing season.

The Alaska Department of Labor estimates that the unemployment rate was at 10.3 percent in April, up from 4.9 percent in March. The jump occurs regularly in April, as boats take their pollock allocations and as seafood processing plants send seasonal workers home. While the springtime uptick in unemployment is not unusual, the April rate is still slightly higher than it was last year. In 2011, only 8.0 percent of people in Unalaska were without work.

Unemployment across the state went down slightly, dropping from 7.0 percent to 6.9. The national unemployment rate for April was 8.1 percent.

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