Weekly claims for unemployment compensation continue to run below year-ago levels by double-digit percentages, according to figures released Thursday by the Hawaii Department of Labor & Industrial Relations.
Total weekly jobless claims Nov. 7-13 (with first-time claims in parenthesis):
- Oahu: 9,223 (1,233).
- Big Island: 3,138 (336).
- Maui Co.: 2,520 (323).
- Kauai: 1,275 (150).
Of the fewer-than 17,000 total weekly claims, and there were about 2,100 new claims, down 39 from the week before. New claims rose in all three Oahu unemployment offices; on the Big Island they rose in Hilo but fell in Kona; in Maui Co. new claims fell in the Wailuku office but rose slightly on Molokai.
The numbers taken together suggest that only one person found new work for every two people coming onto the jobless rolls for the first time. The trend could reverse as retailers hire for the holidays.
The long-term trend has been jobless claims down from last year at the same time by 12% on Oahu, 27% on Kauai, 31% on the Big Island and 45% in Maui County.