HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - First-time claims for unemployment benefits may have risen on the mainland, but they fell in Hawaii, and even total claims fell in two of the four operating counties.
Initial claims for jobless benefits nationwide rose 13,000 to 472,000 last week, but Hawaii new claims fell while total claims remained below 18,000 for a second week, the first time that's happened since August 2008.
Total claims rose by 221 on Oahu to 9,442, and rose 141 in Maui County to 2,830, based on data posted late Thursday by the Hawaii Department of Labor & Industrial Relations. But they fell 86 on the Big Island to 3,644, and fell 78 on Kauai to 1,225.
Weekly jobless claims, both new and total, can fluctuate from week to week, but the long-term trend for Hawaii unemployment claims has been downward through the spring, with no sign of change this summer as tourism rebounds.