Honolulu has one of nation's lowest jobless rates

By Howard Dicus - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Honolulu's 5.8% unadjusted July jobless rate is one of the best in the nation, based on figures newly-issued for 372 metro areas.

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics in Washington reported Wednesday that 127 of those metro areas had July unemployment rates above 10% and only 61 below 7%.

Worst in the nation were the neighboring cities of Yuma, Arizona (29%) and El Centro, California (30%) but 12 of 17 metros with unemployment above 15% were in California. Two larger cities above 15%: Las Vegas and Detroit.

Los Angeles has lost 23,000 jobs in the past year and now has 12% unemployment, while San Francisco lost 20,000 jobs and has joblessness of 11%. Unemployment is 9% in Seattle and 10% in Portland, Oregon.

Dallas and Boston combined gained 36,000 while the Washington, DC area gained 39,000 jobs over the past year and now has the lowest big city jobless rate in the nation, 6.3%, still higher than Honolulu.

North Dakota has the lowest metro jobless rates, 3% in Bismarck and 4% in Fargo.

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