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Moving Forward: Comprehensive Integrated Mental Health Plan, 2006-2011 

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Average Annual Unemployment Rate,
Alaska and U.S. by Year, 1999-2008

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Source: Alaska Dept of Labor and Workforce Development, Research and Analysis Section, Labor Force Statistics By Month; and U.S. Dept of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Labor Force Statistics from the Current Population Survey

Persons are classified as unemployed if they do not have a job, have actively looked for work in the prior 4 weeks, and are currently available for work. Persons who were not working and were waiting to be recalled to a job from which they had been temporarily laid off are also included as unemployed. The unemployment rate represents the number unemployed as a percent of the labor force. // The rate in Alaska is consistently above that of the U.S. partially due to the seasonality of Alaska's work. Data presented in these charts are not seasonally adjusted.  Seasonally adjusted rates tend to be slightly higher. For current information, see Alaska Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development