Hawaii weekly jobless claims decline

By Howard Dicus - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii jobless claims fell in the latest reporting week, though first-time claims rose slightly. Both counts were well below year-ago levels.

For the period Feb. 6-12, there were 2,157 new claims, up from 2,037 the week before, and 15,141 total claims, down from 15,273 the week before.

That included more than 800 agent claims filed against other states by people who are now in Hawaii, the state Department of Labor & Industrial Relations reported.

Claims by operating county:

  • The City and County of Honolulu, comprising the entire island of Oahu, had 1,163 first-time claims, 29 more than the previous week but fewer than the week before that. New claims rose in the Honolulu and Kaneohe offices but fell in the Waipahu office. Total claims fell to 7,908, down almost 300 from the previous week.
  • Hawaii County had 3,012 claims including 411 first-timers, a net gain over the previous week. Total claims rose in Hilo but fell in Kona; new claims rose in both Big Island offices.
  • Maui County had 2,220 claims including 285 first-timers, both down from the previous week. They included 124 Molokai claims, up four from the week before, including seven first-timers, down three from the week before.
  • Kauai County had 1,191 claims, a dozen more than the week before, including 221 first-timers, up 43 from the week before.

Jobless claims have been running thousands lower than year-ago levels, through further improvement has been slow. Economists say in most businesses employment is the last thing to improve after an economic downturn.

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