Howzit Howard: unemployment

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Labor Department in Washington reckons Hawaii has a work force of just under 630,000, of whom about 40,000 are unemployment. The number counted as unemployed shrank by a hundred in July but the total work force shrank more, 1,700. The count can be affected by many things, including military deployments and construction workers from the mainland flying home when their Hawaii gigs are done.

The Hawaii Newspaper Guild reports a contract with the Tribune-Herald of Hilo. About 50 employees who haven't had a raise in eight years will get only one percent, and that's in the second year of the contract.

Hilo Hattie confirms it has welcomed Mamo Howell into its store. Think of her as an artist-in-residence. Mamo scaled back her business during the recession and decided to close her Ward boutique, but this means she's still a designing woman.

Japan and America have agreed to explore new energy sources together. To study each other's efforts, American energy experts will visit Okinawa on September 4th, and Japanese energy experts will come to Hawaii.

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