- Associated Press - Friday, December 18, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Alaska’s unemployment is holding steady.

State labor department officials say in a release that November’s 6.4 percent rate has been unchanged since September. The national rate also has remained at a steady 5.0 percent over the same time.

The labor department says the Alaska unemployment rate has been consistent for most of this year, likely indicating the low oil prices haven’t yet taken a significant toll.

The state’s highest unemployment rate, at nearly 21 percent, remains in tourism-dependent Skagway.

Urban areas remain below the statewide average. Juneau had an unemployment rate of 4.7 percent. Anchorage was at 4.9 percent, and the Fairbanks North Star Borough was at 5.5 percent.

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