Howzit Howard: fewer new claims

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Every island, every office, saw fewer new claims, and fewer total claims, for the seven days to last Sunday. New claims fell below 2,000 for the first time since June. Total claims fell to the lowest level in a year and a half.

First Hawaiian economist Leroy Laney did his annual Big Island economic forecast yesterday... telling audiences in Hilo and Waikoloa that new stores in Hilo will add 500 jobs but things would improve faster if Hilo hotels were in better shape.

Big hire at Central Pacific Bank, where executive chairman John Dean has been looking to line up some kind of dream team. He coaxed Larry Rodriguez out of retirement to be CFO. For two decades Rodiguez headed the Hawaii operations of Ernst & Young.

Preceding the Aloha Festivals, a block party fundraiser downtown this evening. It starts at six around Murphy's Bar & Grill. Other festival events begin next week.

All-Nippon airways is going to have to wait a little longer for the world's first 787-dreamliner. The jumbo jet was supposed to be in service later this year. But Boeing has notified ANA it will be next year.

Hawaiian Airlines... already renewed as charter airline for the Raiders... has been chosen as charter airline for the Seattle Seahawks. Their first away game is Saturday in Minneapolis.

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