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Record-High Work Force Seen in Hawaii

Posted April 17, 2014, 03:42 PM HST Updated April 17, 2014, 04:23 PM HST
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Unemployment fell statewide and in each county in Hawaii in March while the work force rose to an unprecedented number. File photo.

Hawaii’s labor force swelled to to a record-high 658,450 in March, according to the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.

Hawaii County’s unemployment rate in March 2013 was 6.8%.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for March statewide was 4.5%, down from 6% in February.

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Among the labor force, 29,700 people were unemployed in Hawaii in March. Nationwide, the seasonally adjusted rate was 6.7%, the DLIR reported.

Unemployment numbers in March fell in all Hawaii counties. The non-seasonally adjusted rate for the Big Island fell from 6.1% in February to 5.9% in March.

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