Hawaii jobless claims fall

By Howard Dicus - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Both new and total weekly jobless claims are down in the latest weekly tally, sending Hawaii new jobless claims below 2,000 to levels not seen since Christmas 2008.

For the seven days to last Sunday, the Hawaii Department of Labor & Industrial Relations counted 16,242 total unemployment claims, down more than 700 from the week before.

New claims fell by more than 170 to 1,924, DLIR said Thursday. New claims have totaled less than 2,000 only five times in the past year and a half, all in the last four months.

Kauai had 162 new claims, up one from the previous week. Molokai had 42 claims, up seven. Oahu and Maui claims fell. On the Big Island, new claims rose slightly in the Hilo office while falling slightly in the Kona office.

Total claims fell in both Big Island offices, all three Oahu offices, and on Kauai, but rose on both Molokai and Maui. There was a decline in both new and total agent claims, which are filed against other states by people now living in Hawaii.

Compared to the same time last year, both new and total claims were down on all islands, with a 32% year-to-year decline for Maui County.

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