Hawaii weekly jobless claims ease

By Howard Dicus - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii weekly jobless claims fell almost to 16,000 in the newest report from the state, while first-time claims fell below 2,400, erasing gains in the previous two weeks' reports.

The Hawaii Department of Labor & Industrial Relations reported Thursday it counted 16,095 total applications for unemployment benefits in the seven days to last Sunday.
Claims rose in the Kona and Wailuku offices but fell in Hilo, Kaunakakai, Lihue and all three Oahu claims offices.
First-time claims came to 2,393, with every unemployment office in the state recording a decline except Hilo, where there were 268 claims compared to 221 the week prior.
Current unemployment claims break down to 8,479 on Oahu, 3,093 on the Big Island, 2,514 in Maui County (including 149 on molokai), 1,198 on Kauai, and 811 "agent claims," which are filed against other states by people who now live in Hawaii.
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