Alaska reports 13.1% job loss in April due to pandemic


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Alaska's job count was down 13.1% last month compared to April 2019, according to new numbers released by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. That equates to a loss of roughly 42,200 jobs, which the state says is due to disruptions caused by COVID-19.

National numbers released this week show more than 40-million Americans are out of work, which translates to an unemployment rate of 14.7%. Alaska's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is 12.9%, lower than the national number, but up from 5.2% in March.

 The state says disruptions due to COVID-19 affected every major industry in Alaska, but leisure and hospitality took the biggest hit.