HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii weekly claims for unemployment compensation have fallen below 16,000, to the lowest level since around Thanksgiving of 2008.
First-time claims were roughly flat, with 22 more during the seven days to last Sunday than the week before, but fewer new claims on Maui and Molokai. Kauai had two more new claims and so did the Hilo office. The Kona office had nine more.
Total claims fell below 9,000 on Oahu, fell below 3,000 on the Big Island, and fell almost to 2,500 in Maui County. Kauai claims fell below 1,200. There was also a slight decline in agent claims, filed against other states by people now living here, according to Department of Labor & Industrial Relations figures posted by the state Thursday.
Jobless claims for Oct. 3-9, compared to the previous week:
+ New claims: 2,214 (2,192).
+ Total claims: 15,862, down 1,578 from 17,240.
Weekly unemployment claims can fluctuate but the overall trend has been below year-before levels.