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Hawai‘i’s seasonally adjusted jobless rate still stagnant

December 29, 2011
The Maui Weekly

The Associated Press - Hawai'i had a seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 6.5 percent in November, unchanged from the previous month.

The state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations reported last week that Hawai'i's labor force included 634,700 people last month. Of this total, more than 593,000 had jobs and more than 41,000 were unemployed. Officials said expansions in the tourism, professional and business and healthcare sectors were large contributors to 4,600 jobs added over the past year.

The sector that saw the biggest drop in jobs last month was construction. Last month, Honolulu had the lowest unemployment rate of Hawai'i's four counties at 5.7 percent, up from 5.6 percent in October and 5.5 percent in November 2010. Maui County's rate rose to 7.7 percent in November from 7.6 percent in October, but was down from 8.2 percent of November a year ago.



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