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Hawaii jobless rate rises to 6.5 percent

By Dave Segal

LAST UPDATED: 4:56 p.m. HST, Nov 18, 2011


Hawaii’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose in October for the fourth straight month to 6.5 percent to match its highest level in a year.

The rise came despite nonfarm jobs increasing by 1,100 to 596,900 from 595,800 in September, according to a report issued today by the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.

Hawaii still is faring better than the U.S. jobless rate, which came in earlier this month for October at 9.0 percent.

The last time Hawaii's unemployment rate was at 6.5 percent was in October 2010. 

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