The Maui News - Maui County's non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for September was 7.9 percent, which was lower than the same month last year, but higher than August's number. The jobless rate continues its downward trend since the high of 9.2 percent in 2009-10, said Francisco P. Corpuz with the Research and Statistics Office of the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, which released the report. Looking at specific sectors, he noted that retail trade is showing "strong increases," while construction jobs continue to decline. The county's jobless rate was down from 8.3 percent last September; however, it was higher than August's 7.5 percent, according to the data released Thursday. The statewide seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.6 percent for September, unchanged from the same month a year ago.
In the breakdown by island, Maui's unemployment rate was 7.6 percent, down from 8.2 percent last September. The rate was up from 7.3 percent in August.