Hawaii weekly jobless claims rose; new claims fall

By Howard Dicus - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii has 15,722 applications for unemployment compensation of which 2,139 are first-time claims in the newest weekly report from the state Department of Labor & Industrial Relations.

For the period Feb. 13-19, compared to the week before, claims rose by 581 including 88 more agents claims filed against other states by people who now live in Hawaii. New claims fell by 18. Both sets of figures were down substantially from the same time last year.

Claims have been in the 15,000 vicinity, and first-time claims have been slightly over 2,000 of those, for the last several week.

Both new and total claims rose on Oahu, topping 8,000; it was the other way around on the Big island, where claims fell back below 3,000, though there was more improvement in the Kona office than in the Hilo office.

Maui County had almost 50 fewer new claims but total claims rose, showing difficulty in finding work for people who have been unemployed for awhile. Molokai, which is broken out weekly, had 134 claims of which 13 were new.

Kauai saw new claims fall below 200 but total claims rose to more than 1,200.

Weekly unemployment claims fluctuate, limiting what any given week's data can tell about the economy, but the numbers represent an actual count of claims filed rather than a survey of any sort.

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