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Hawaii jobless rate climbs to 6.2%

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 6:19 p.m. HST, Sep 15, 2011

Hawaii’s unemployment rate rose to 6.2 percent in August, the second consecutive monthly increase, the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations reported today.

The August rate was up from 6.1 percent in July and 6 percent in June. Hawaii’s Jobless rate compared with a 9.1 percent rate nationally.

The state and national jobless figures are adjusted for seasonal variations, such as the exit of students from the job market as they return to high school and college in the fall.

County data are not seasonally adjusted. The unemployment rate for Honolulu rose to 5.5 percent from 5.4 percent in July. The rate rose to 9.6 percent from 9.5 percent in Hawaii County and to 8.6 percent from 8.5 percent in Kauai County. In Maui County the unemployment rate was unchanged at 7.5 percent.

The unemployment rate is derived from a telephone survey of households, as well as unemployment insurance claims and a survey of employers. A separate part of the report showed  that the number of payroll jobs in Hawaii fell by a net 5,100 jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis. The biggest loss came in the government sector, which lost 5,700 jobs, according to the report. The biggest gain was in the education and health services category, which gained 600 jobs.

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