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Hiring slows, jobless rate sticks at 8.2%

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By Howard Dicus

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The nation's unemployment rate remained 8.2 percent in June, as private sector hiring slowed and government employment declined.

The Labor Department reported Friday that there were 4,000 fewer government jobs in June, while private sector employment grew by 84,000 jobs, a third of the monthly hiring rate earlier in the year.

More than five million Americans - 42 percent of all on jobless rolls - have been out of work for six months or longer, the report said.

The official report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics in Washington D.C. came a day after the payroll company ADP reported a larger-than-expected increase in private sector June hiring, while the recruitment firm Challenger Gray reported a smaller-than-expected number of layoffs, down more than a third from May.

The Hawaii jobless rate for June won't be released for a week or two, but the actual count of weekly claims for unemployment benefits indicates a slow downward trend.

Last week there were 13,934 jobless claims, including renewals, roughly 400 more than the week before. However, it was the ninth out of 10 weeks that the total was below 14,000.

Of those, 1,879 were first-time filings, 80 more than the week before. But there were declines on Kauai and Molokai, as well as in two of the three unemployment offices on Oahu. And it was the 11th of 12 weeks the total was below 2,000.

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