Hawaii’s unemployment rate dropped in June to its lowest level of the year and matched the 4.0 level it reached last December, according to data released Monday by the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.
The last time the jobless rate dipped below 4.0 was in May 2008 when it hit 3.8 percent. Hawaii’s jobless rate had been stuck at 4.1 percent every month this year and seven of the previous eight months.
Hawaii’s labor force, which includes those who are employed and those who are unemployed but actively seeking work, fell to 675,700 in June from 676,250 in May. However, it was up from 668,350 in June 2014.
There were 648,850 employed and 26,850 unemployed last month.