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Hawaii's unemployment rate inches higher to 3.5 percent

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HONOLULU (AP) - The state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations says Hawaii's seasonally adjustment unemployment rate rose to 3.5 percent last month.

The department said Friday the rate was 0.1 percentage point higher than the jobless rate of 3.4 percent marked in June.

The agency says the food service and dining industries added jobs, as did education and health services. The construction sector lost jobs.

Hawaii's jobless rate was last this high in August of last year. The rate fell to 3.1 percent in February and March before inching back upward.

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