Hawaii's unemployment rate increases slightly

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - By: Melanie Yamaguchi

Hawaii's unemployment rate rose slightly to 5.2 percent from 5.1 percent in December at a seasonally adjusted basis, the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations said in a report Friday.

There were 618,350 people employed and 33,850 unemployed in January, according to the report. Job gains were experienced in the construction and professional and business services industries. Job losses occurred in trade, transportation and utilities; leisure and hospitality; manufacturing; financial activities; and educational and health services. Compared with January 2012, the biggest job expansions occurred in leisure and hospitality; construction; trade, transportation and utilities; and professional and business services.

The national seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.9 percent, up from 7.8 percent in December.

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