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Hawaii jobless claims rise again

 By Howard Dicus - bio | email 

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Both new and total weekly jobless claims rose last week, according to figures posted Thursday by the state Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism.

There were 2,912 first-time claims statewide, up from 2,752 the week before, and 17,821 total claims, up from 16,988 the week before. The total brought claims back to the levels of last July and August.

The figures covered claims filed Jan. 2-8, and could have included some seasonal retail workers ending their temporary jobs.

New claims actually fell on Kauai, and in two of the three unemployment offices on Oahu, and in the Hilo office, and Molokai had 25 new claims, same as the previous week. New claims rose in the Honolulu, Kona and Wailuku offices.

Total claims rose in all three Oahu offices, an increase of about 200 that brought total Oahu claims back over 10,000. Hilo total claims rose while Kona total claims fell; the Big Island had a net increase of more than 100. Molokai, Maui and Kauai total claims went down.

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