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Statewide unemployment falls to 6.4 percent

April 12, 2012
The Maui Weekly

The Hawai'i State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) recently announced that the state's unemployment rate has fallen for the fourth straight month to a current level of 6.4 percent--the lowest rate in four years.

The numbers are based on unemployment benefit claims, which were down 7 percent compared to one year ago. Job gains were experienced in education and health services (plus 1,000); leisure and hospitality (plus 900); construction (plus 700); and trade, transportation and utilities (plus 200).

In comparison with February 2011, total seasonally adjusted nonagricultural jobs have increased by 2,900, or .5 percent, with the largest job expansion in leisure and hospitality industries (plus 4,300, or 4.2 percent), professional and business services (plus 900, or 1.2 percent), and financial activities (plus 900, or 3.4 percent).



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