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State unemployment reaches lowest point since '08

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 10:38 a.m. HST, Jul 18, 2013

Hawaii’s unemployment rate fell to a seasonally adjusted 4.6 percent in June, its lowest level in nearly five years, the state Department of Labor and Industrial relations reported today.

The June rate was down from 4.7 percent in May and was the lowest rate since 4.6 percent in September 2008.

The number of unemployed fell to 29,700 in June, a decline of 900 from May. The number of employed, meanwhile, rose by 1,500 to 617,250. The labor force, which is a combination of employed workers and those who are unemployed but actively looking for work, totaled 646,950 in June, up 600  from May.

Hawaii’s June unemployment rate compared with a 7.6 percent rate nationally.

The state and national unemployment numbers are adjusted for seasonal variations, such as teachers temporarily leaving the workforce for summer break.

County data are not seasonally adjusted. The DLIR reported that the rate in Honolulu County rose to 4.7 percent in June from 4 percent in May. The rate rose to 7.5 percent from 6.5 percent in Hawaii County, and to 5.9 percent from 5.3 percent in Kauai County. It rose to 5.4 percent from 4.7 percent in Maui County.

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f206 wrote:
I'm pretty sure that the numbers don't include the number of people who have exhausted their unemployment insurance and have either given up looking for a job or continue to seek employment. To be honest there aren't many good jobs out there. Leisure and hospitality added 1700 jobs? How many of them are part time or on call? How many pay a living wage?
on July 18,2013 | 10:28AM
primowarrior wrote:
There's an article on CNN's site where several McDonald's workers show their monthly budgets. I can't imagine what those would look like if they lived here.
on July 18,2013 | 10:36AM
f206 wrote:
I saw that, it actually implied that they get a 2nd job!!
on July 18,2013 | 11:57AM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
Those are all the points that came to my mind as well. Ditto all. It may look rosy, but looking deeper may very well paint a different picture.
on July 18,2013 | 11:01AM
HD36 wrote:
How many of those jobs we're part time and how many lost were full time jobs?
on July 18,2013 | 11:58AM
d1shima wrote:
Where's the link to the actual numbers? I'd like to drill down into the numbers and see if this is really good news. There is much speculation that needs to be clarified. For instance, I don't think the part-time/full/time issue applies so much in Hawaii as in other States because medical benefits need to be offered here for anyone working 20 or more hours per week not 30.
on July 18,2013 | 03:06PM
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