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Hawaii unemployment rate falls to 6.1%

By Howard Dicus - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii seasonally adjusted unemployment fell from 6.3 percent in March to 6.1 percent in April, at a time when the national jobless rate went two tenths the other way, rising to 9 percent.

The labor force in April, also after seasonal adjustment, was 635,400, with 596,900 working and 38,500 unemployed, the state Department of Labor & Industrial Relations reported Friday.

The seasonal adjustment in April tries to account for some extra hiring that usually occurs in the spring, and the actual jobless rate fell from 6.1 percent in March to 5.6 percent in April.

Unadjusted jobless rates by island:

  • Oahu: 4.6%, down from 5% the month before and 5.4% the year before.
  • Big Island: 8.9%, down from 9.5% the month before and 9.5% the year before.
  • Maui (island): 7%, down from 7.7% the month before and 8.3% the year before.
  • Kauai: 7.7%, down from 8.5% the month before and 8.9% the year before.
  • Molokai: 11.7%, up from 11.1% the month before but down from 12.5% the year before.
  • Lanai: 3.8%, down from 5.4% the month before and 6.3% the year before.

A separate jobs survey released at the same time found 700 more jobs in health/education and 400 more construction jobs from March to April, offset by 1,300 fewer leisure and hospitality jobs, mostly because of tsunami-related hotel closures on the Big Island.

Trade jobs also fell, though the data came before the opening of a hardware store in Honolulu, where another one is now also hiring.

 

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