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Hawaii jobless rate unchanged at 6% in June

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 09:29 a.m. HST, Jul 21, 2011

Hawaii’s unemployment rate was 6 percent in June, unchanged from May, the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations reported today.

Out of a total workforce of 633,650 in June 38,150 were unemployed and 595,450 were employed, according to the report.

Nationally, the unemployment rate rose to 9.2 percent in June from 9.1 percent in May. The unemployment figures are adjusted for seasonal variations such as an increase in college and high school students looking for work during their summer break.

On an unadjusted basis the unemployment rate in Honolulu County rose to 5.7 percent in June from 4.9 percent in May. The rate rose to 8.1 percent in Maui County from 7.1 percent in May. In Kauai County the rate rose to 9.2 percent from 8.3 percent, and in Hawaii County it rose to 10.6 percent from 9.3 percent.

The unemployment rate is derived from a telephone survey of households. A separate survey of businesses showed that the number of non-agricultural jobs on  seasonally adjusted basis fell to 588,500 in June, a 2,000 drop from May.

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