About 19 per cent of Alaska’s population is jobless, according to data from the state’s Department of Labor and Industries.
Alaska is one of just two states with an unemployment rate of 15 per cent or more.
The other is California, which has a rate of 9 per cent.
There were more than 4.6 million people in employment in the state in December, a 6 per cent increase from a year earlier.
Despite the high unemployment rate, employment in Alaska’s capital Anchorage is booming, with a total of 9,500 jobs added in December.
Employment in the rest of the state rose by 7,300 in December and is expected to grow by another 3,600 over the next two years.
But it’s not all good news.
Alaska’s unemployment is much higher than other states, and that’s because it has a higher percentage of adults with some form of post-secondary education.
According to the US Census Bureau, a person without a college degree is 25 times more likely to be unemployed in Alaska than the US average.
That means that the state has an unemployment of around 19 per 100,000 people.
“I think we’re doing pretty well here,” said Kristin Miller, a former director of education at the state.
She’s now a teacher and a part-time mother.
“The unemployment rate in Alaska is not as high as other states because the majority of our jobs are in rural areas, and we have a lot of high school students that work for a living.”
The economy in Alaska has been doing well for a long time, but it hasn’t been the same since the 2008 financial crisis.
It’s also the only state in the US where the unemployment rate has remained relatively flat since 2000.
People in Alaska say the state needs to be more creative and take more risk, and there are also concerns about the state not being able to pay for a range of things.
One thing is clear: Alaska is in an economic recession.
While it has seen its unemployment rate drop to 8.5 per cent since the start of the recession, that’s still far higher than the national average of 4.9 per cent, according the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
For some, that means the state is in recession.
“I feel like Alaska is the one state where people think they can live off of a dollar a day,” said Matt Paine, a 24-year-old who works as a mechanic.
“When you see that many people without jobs, it just feels like we’ve gotten way ahead of ourselves.”
“It’s frustrating,” he added.
In the state, some jobs are still not being filled.
As of Dec 1, about 3,300 people were in work for Alaska in the private sector, but there are only 2,500 in the public sector, according in the Bureau.
And that’s not even including Alaska’s high-tech workers.
If you were wondering why Alaska has the highest unemployment rate amongst all US states, you’re not alone.
Many people in the northern US state also feel the economy is falling behind.
“We have more people with no work than we have people working full time.
And the government has made it so that they can’t be self-employed,” said Chris Buss, a 31-year old who works for an energy company in Anchorage.”
People are starting to leave the industry.
We’re losing good-paying jobs to China and other countries.
All of this is creating a sense of hopelessness.”
Alaskans are also having to adapt to the new realities of life after the downturn.
Even though jobs have returned, they’re not good ones.
About 12 per cent fewer people are employed in the health care industry than in February, and Alaska is also losing more of its young people to the country.
They are now the second largest group of people in Alaska after the elderly.
I think it’s a big problem for Alaska.
“It seems like Alaska has gone through a major economic shock, and it’s creating a lot more problems than it’s solving,” said Mike Miller, who has a job at the Anchorage airport as a cashier.
A lot of Alaska workers are struggling to find jobs that are paying well enough to live on, and some are taking their skills and applying for new ones.
“They’re looking for jobs in the high tech sector, and they’re just finding it difficult to find them,” said Miller.
Buss says he hopes the state can recover from the recession before things get worse.
He also believes the government needs to step up to help pay for healthcare.
More than half of the people who work for the state are working part time.
However, a majority of them are employed by the federal government.
Some of those