Hawaii jobless claims fall

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii new jobless claims fell last week, showing the strongest declines on Oahu while rising slightly on Maui and in Hilo.

For the seven days to last Sunday there were 11,651 jobless claims filed, of which 1,818 were first-time filings, the Hawaii Department of Labor & Industrial Relations reported.

Total claims fell by more than 270 and first-time claims fell by more than 100. New claims fell by more than 100 on Oahu and also fell on Kauai and Molokai, but rose on Maui and the Big Island, where extra Hilo claims offset a decline in Kona.

Fewer new claims shows fewer layoffs while fewer total claims raises at least the possibility of some longer-term unemployed finally finding work, a trend also suggested by substantial declines in unadjusted unemployment in all four operating counties during April.

On Oahu, 6,679 people are getting unemployment checks at the moment. The organizers of the Workforce Job Fair at Blaisdell Exhibition Hall counted 3,500 attendees Wednesday.

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