Hawaii unemployment steady at 6.4 percent

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii's unemployment rate is holding at 6.4 percent for the fourth straight month.

The Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations said Monday that the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment remains below the 9.6 percent national average in October.

Labor Director Pearl Imada Iboshi says private sector jobs are beginning to increase and the state's employment situation is slowly improving.

Industries showing job growth included educational and health services, construction, professional and business and financial activities.

September's unemployment rate originally was reported at 6.3 percent, but it was revised upward in Monday's report.

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