Hawaiʻi County Unemployment at 4.1% in June

July 21, 2019, 10:00 AM HST
* Updated July 18, 4:47 PM
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Unemployment is continuing to increase in Hawaiʻi County according to the latest data from the State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR). During the month of June, the non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Hawaiʻi County rose to 4.1%, up from 3.4% in May. During the same time last year, Hawaiʻi County’s unemployment was at 3.7%, according to DLIR.

Statewide, the non-seasonally adjusted average unemployment rate was 3.2%. Hawaiʻi County led the state with the highest unemployment rate, with the exception of Molokaʻi in Maui County.

Statewide, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in June was 2.8%, remaining unchanged for the fourth consecutive month. Jobs increased by 1,200 over-the-year, according to DLIR. A total of 645,550 residents were employed and 18,650 unemployed during June for a total seasonally adjusted labor force of 665,200. Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.7% in June.

Table courtesy of State DLIR.

Initial claims and weeks claims both decreased by -3.3% and -1.0% respectively for unemployment benefits compared to one year ago. Over-the-month initial claims and weeks claims increased by 3.5% and 4.6% respectively in June 2019.

In a separate measure of employment released by DLIR, the total non-agricultural jobs increased by 300 in June over May. Among the major industries, job gains were seen in:

  • Professional & Business Services (+400)
  • Construction (+200)
  • Trade, Transportation, & Utilities (+100)
  • Leisure & Hospitality (+100)
  • Government (+200)

Employment in Manufacturing, Information, and Other Services remained unchanged.


Job losses occurred in:

  • Financial Activities (-100)
  • Education & Health Services (-600)

Compared with one year ago, total non-farm jobs have grown by 1,200.

Table courtesy of State DLIR.

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