Howzit Howard - Unemployment, Hotel Occupancy, Speedi Shuttle

(HawaiiNewsNow) - The unemployment rate holds at 9.1% but there was no net job growth in August, and it's the first time that's happened in 11 months.  Government job cuts are offsetting private sector hiring.

Better news locally, Hawaii's new jobless claims rose last week but still came in under 2 thousand.  Total claims include repeat filers also rose but still fell short of 15 thousand .  Both kinds fell in Hilo and Kaunakakai.

Hawaii hotel occupancy declines in the newest  weekly report.  The big Island fell 9 points to 53% full, about the same as Orlando.  Kauai fell 9 points, to 68%, still better than the national average.

Hawaii cattle marketing are down 11% so far this year.  Exports are down more, offset by a 3% increase in local slaughter for local consumption.  Local pork production is also up slightly.

Speedi Shuttle, which recently won the contract to run on-demand shuttles for Honolulu airport passengers, is hiring.  It has more than 80 openings.  50 drivers plus operators, supervisors and greeters.

A victory for the Kona Coffee Farmers Association.  Safeway agrees to change its labels to show that it's so called Kona coffee is actually a Kona blend, only 10% Kona and 90% anonymous coffee.