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Hawaii jobless rate rises to 6.4 percent

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Hawaii’s unemployment rate rose to 6.4 percent in June from 6.3 percent in May on a seasonally adjusted basis, the state reported today.

There were 41,500 people looking for work in June, up from 41,350 in May, according to the report from the state Department of  Labor and Industrial Relations. The number of employed, meanwhile, fell to 607,800 from 612,500. The total labor force, which combines the unemployed and employed, fell to 649,350 in June from 653,850 in May.

The June unemployment rate matched the previous high of 6.4 percent in March.

The unemployment rate is derived largely from a telephone survey of households. A separate survey of businesses showed that the number of non-farm jobs in the Hawaii economy fell by a net 1,800 in June from July. Within job categories the biggest decline occurred in education and health services, which lost 1,000 positions. The biggest gain was in “other services,” which added 600 positions.

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