The Hawai'i State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations announced on April 19 that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for March remained at 6.4 percent. There were 616,400 employed and 42,250 unemployed in March, for a total seasonally adjusted labor force of 658,650. Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 8.2 percent, down from 8.3 percent in February.
Initial claims for unemployment benefits were down 11.6 percent and total weeks claimed were down 3.4 percent compared to one year ago. Initial claims rose by 1.2 percent and total weeks claimed dropped by 0.7 percent in March compared to February.
Leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, trade transportation and utilities, and educational and health services all experienced job gains. The construction, government and financial sectors all experienced a decline in job numbers.