Statewide employment down in June

State labor officials say preliminary estimates for June show a decline of 1,700 jobs from June 2017, a loss of 0.5 percent.

Some 1,000 jobs were lost in retail, 600 in state government, and about 400 combines in the oil and gas and professional and business services sector.

State government employment was down by 600 and local government by 300, but federal jobs grew by 100.

The number of construction jobs rose by about 400, with recent projects, particularly in the interior of Alaska, boosting construction employment after nearly four years of losses. Other sectors with over-the-year job growth including health care, manufacturing, warehousing; utilities, and leisure and hospitality.

The comparable national unemployment rate was 4 percent, up from 3.8 percent in May.