The federal job count fell by 200 and local government by 100. State government was up 100 jobs. Although the growth is very small, it’s noteworthy for being the third consecutive month of growth after more than three years of job losses, Alaska’s seasonally adjusted February unemployment rate remained at 6.5 percent, and the comparable national rate remained at 3.8 percent. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享March employment was up an estimated 0.3 percent, or 1,000 jobs, from March 2018, according to numbers from the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Karinne Wiebold, Economist: “We do believe that the job losses have begun to taper. While we are still continuing to lose jobs, and I believe we are in our 38th or 39th month of job losses, those losses are kind of starting to diminish.” Construction added the largest number of jobs from last March (1,100), followed by health care and the transportation, warehousing and utilities sector, which both added 400 jobs. Manufacturing — which is mostly seafood processing in Alaska — had the biggest over-the-year decline at 500 jobs. Professional and business services fell by 300.