Sunday, June 18, 2017

Alaska now has the highest unemployment rate in the country. Gee, lucky us.

Courtesy of Alaska Dispatch:  

Alaska's unemployment rate is now the highest in the country. 

The state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in May was 6.7 percent, according to preliminary numbers from the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development. 

That's up just slightly from April's 6.6 percent. Nationally, the unemployment rate last month was 4.3 percent, a 16-year low. 

Alaska came in at No. 51 after all other states and the District of Columbia, according to numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

Jesus we're not even just in 50th place, we are at 51st place after DC.

I imagine if we suddenly decided to make Puerto Rico a state that we would then slip to 52nd.

The article goes on to explain that due to the seasonal nature of much of the work up here, that our unemployment numbers are always high and hard to calculate, but I would argue that there is definitely something different happening up here right now.

My job is typically recession proof and pretty stable, but lately even I have had to deal with a lack of supports and services that I rely on to do my job effectively.

There is very little in the way of negotiating power for employees and all over the state folks are seeing overtime and benefits cut from businesses that have always been seen as great places to work.

This may in part be due to the oil money drying up, or simply due to too many years of Republican control, but right now things are getting tight.

In other words if you were thinking that now is the time to move to the Last Frontier, I would suggest you put those plans on the back burner.


  1. Anonymous2:09 AM

    Or, you could do like the Brown family or that inbred group on the other Alaska bush fammily "reality show" or the Palin Crime Family and sell yourself to teevee.

    1. Anonymous5:31 AM

      The other inbred family? The Palin's?

    2. Anonymous12:05 PM

      Atz Lee -- is that his name? Kilcher, Lee, something like that. Another gaggle of morons who call Alaska home . . . and, like the Palins, an embarrassment the rest of Alaska would rather be rid of.

  2. Anonymous3:20 AM

    Seven Navy servicemen are dead and that orange sumbitch is tweeting about his poll numbers.

    1. Anonymous3:08 PM

      Seven dead in Afghanistan. Fourteen families that would have benefited from the words of consolation of one Barack Obama.

      Trump hasn't given them the steam off his shit. He's a worm. Hey Sarah, how proud are you of how your boy treats our dead troops?

  3. Anonymous3:42 AM

    Happy Father's Day, Gryph!

  4. Anonymous5:16 AM

    Red states = red ink.

  5. Anonymous7:06 AM

    A unemployment is high because there are a lot of Palins and Heaths that refuse to work. (snark)

  6. Anonymous7:11 AM

    Tourism should be Alaska's gig these days. Preserve the Last Frontier and promote environmental progress.

  7. Anonymous7:25 AM


  8. Anonymous8:10 AM

    The Republican majority in the Alaska Legislature has created the mess Alaska is currently in! We are in the red - they have overspent - they are idiots! Literally. Vote them all out when they come up for reelection.

    Alaskans need to pay attention and vote next election.


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