JUNEAU, Alaska — State labor department statistics show Alaska's unemployment rate held steady at 6.5 percent for September and October.
That compares to seasonally adjusted rates of 6.9 percent in September 2012 and 6.8 percent in October 2012.
Unemployment hit a low for 2013 of 5.9 percent in April and May. But labor department economist Caroline Schultz cautioned against reading too much into those numbers.
She says those lows appear to be an "aberration" and expects they will be revised upward. She notes the numbers the last few months have been consistent.
U.S. unemployment stood at 7.2 percent this past September and 7.3 percent last month.
The department says Alaska's unemployment rate has been below the national level for five full years but the gap between the two has been shrinking since 2010.