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Hawaii unemployment rate hits 4-year low

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By BECKY BOHRER
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii's unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level in four years, hitting a preliminary 5.3% last month.

That compares to 5.5% in October, and 6.7% in November 2011.

Last month's rate was the lowest in Hawaii since November 2008, just before the state began to feel the impacts of the recession and softened U.S. economy. The unemployment rate has generally been trending down since October 2011.

Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate stood at 7.7% last month.

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