Alaska unemployment rate remains at 6.8 percent for third straight month



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JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska's unemployment rate stood at 6.8 percent in October, a full percentage point above the national average.

The state labor department says the difference between the two is getting closer to the gap that existed before the recession.

During the recession, Alaska's seasonally adjusted rate fell below that of the national rate, as Alaska wasn't hit as hard by the economic slowdown. But the national unemployment rate has been on a downward trend.

Alaska's unemployment rate has been at 6.8 percent since August. It stood at 6.6 percent in October 2013.

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