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Hawai‘i County Sees 3% Unemployment in September 2018

October 21, 2018, 12:00 PM HST
* Updated October 21, 10:05 AM
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Unemployment in Hawai‘i County rose slightly during September to 3.0% according to the latest data released by the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.  DLIR reported the county’s unemployment rate at 2.7% during August.

Statewide, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in September remained low at 2.2% compared with 2.1% in June through August. This figure accounts for 671,750 employed and 15,050 unemployed in September for a total seasonally adjusted labor force of 686,800. According to these numbers, jobs have increased 11,600 over-the-year.

Initial claims increased by 14.4% while weeks claims decreased by 8.5% for unemployment benefits compared with the same period one year ago. Over-the-month initial claims and weeks claims rose by 25.5% and 2.7%, respectively, during September 2018.

Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.7% in September compared to 3.9% in August.

These report rate figures for the State of Hawai‘i and the U.S. are seasonally adjusted according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) methodology.

Table courtesy of DLIR.

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The not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the State of Hawai‘i was 2.5% in September compared with 2.2% in August.

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In other measures of statewide employment there was a decline of 2,500 jobs over-the-month. In the major job sectors, gains were seen in Professional & Business Services (+1,400) with the bulk of the increase coming from Professional Employer Organizations. Employment in Trade, Transportation, & Utilities and Information remained the same. Job losses occurred in Education & Health Services (-100), Other Services (-100), Financial Activities (-200), Manufacturing (-200), Construction (-300) and Leisure & Hospitality (-500). Government contracted positions decreased by 2,500 jobs, largely due to the release of primary election workers.

Compared to the same time one year ago, total non-farm jobs throughout the state have expanded by 11,600 or 1.8%.

Graph courtesy of DLIR.

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