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Alaska unemployment rate rises to 6.8 percent, highest level since October 2012


JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska's unemployment has risen to its highest level since October 2012, but the state Labor Department says it's too early to tell whether that signals a new trend.

The preliminary unemployment rate stood at 6.8 percent in August. That compares to the seasonally adjusted rate of 6.5 percent in July and 6.7 percent in August 2013.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 6.7 percent was the highest unemployment reached in Alaska in 2013. The state Labor Department says the figure since early last year has tended to be around 6.5 percent.

The national unemployment rate for August was 6.1 percent.

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