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State jobless rate edged down to 6.3% in Sept.

By Star-Advertiser Staff

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LAST UPDATED: 11:42 a.m. HST, Oct 22, 2010



Hawaii’s labor market improved slightly in September, with the unemployment rate edging down to 6.3 percent from 6.4 percent in August, according to the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.

Hawaii’s September jobless rate was the sixth lowest in the country and was substantially below the national rate, which held steady at 9.6 percent in September. Hawaii’s September rate equaled the previous low of 6.3 percent in June.

The biggest job gains were in the construction industry, which added 1,400 positions in September compared with August.

The size of workforce fell slightly to 634,469 from 634,911 in August. The number of employed rose by 207, while the number of unemployed fell by 658.

There were 2,700 more residents employed in September compared to a year earlier.

“We are encouraged to see the unemployment rate for Hawaii continue to decline, while the number of employed individuals has increased,” said Pearl Imada Iboshi, DLIR director.






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