Hawaii news jobless claims fall

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii new jobless claims fell last week, from 2,048 the week before to 1,787 for the seven days to Sunday, the Hawaii Department of Labor & Industrial Relations reported.

New claims fell by 104 on Oahu, by 86 on the Big Island, and by 80 in Maui County, but rose by 12 on Kauai. There were also 65 new agent claims, three fewer than the week before, filed against other states by people now in Hawaii.

Compared to the same week last year, new claims were down 1.6 percent statewide, down 3 percent on Oahu and down 10 percent on the Big Island, but were higher than year-before levels on Kauai and in Maui County.

New claims, by people who have just lost their employment, is the metric given so much attention nationally. Nationwide there were 339,000 new claims last week, down 16,000 from the week before, and slightly better than economists' forecasts.

Total claims, including repeat filers, came to 11,782 statewide, up 171 from the week before, with increases on the Big Island and on Maui and Kauai, partially offset by declines on Oahu and Molokai.

Both in Hawaii and on the mainland, economists have seen newly unemployed finding work fairly quickly, while long-term unemployed are having more difficulty.

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