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Unemployment creeping up in Alaska

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- Alaska's unemployment rate inched up to 7.8 percent last month, which would be the highest level since January 2011.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has been rising in Alaska since April, when unemployment was 6.9 percent. July's rate was revised to 7.6 percent.

Seasonally adjusted numbers are intended to take into account seasonal fluctuations in employment.

Unemployment in Alaska was 7.6 percent in August 2011.

Nationally, unemployment stood at 8.1 percent last month. The state labor department says Alaska's unemployment rate has been below the national average for 46 straight months but that August had the narrowest gap between the two since late 2007. The department says that's when the national rate rose above Alaska's for the first time since the early 1980s.