Hawaii unemployment rate at nearly 4-year-low October 18, 2012 at 2:11 PM HST - Updated June 28 at 5:12 AM HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii's unemployment rate fell to a seasonally adjusted 5.7% last month, its lowest rate in nearly four years. That's a 0.4%age point drop from August, when the jobless rate was 6.1%. The state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations said Thursday the last time Hawaii's jobless rate was this low was December 2008. Hawaii added jobs in the fields of education, health services and tourism. Nationally, the unemployment rate was 7.8% last month, down from 8.1% in August. Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.