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Hawai‘i jobs expand by 7,100 over the year

August 2, 2012
The Maui Weekly

The Hawai'i State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations announced July 20 that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June was 6.4 percent, a 0.1 percentage point increase from 6.3 percent in May. Statewide, there were 607,800 employed and 41,500 unemployed in June for a total seasonally adjusted labor force of 649,350. Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 8.2 percent, the same as in May.

Initial claims were down 6.1 percent and weeks claimed were down by 7.8 percent compared to one year ago. Initial claims rose by 4.2 percent and weeks claimed grew by 1.7 percent in June compared to May.

The unemployment rate figures for the State of Hawai'i and the U.S. in this release are seasonally adjusted, in accordance with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) methodology. The not seasonally adjusted rate for the state increased to 7.1 percent in June from 6.3 percent in May.

In a separate measurement of employment, total seasonally adjusted nonagricultural jobs decreased by 1,800 jobs over the month. Within industry sectors, job gains were experienced in other services (plus 600) and construction (plus 100). Employment in manufacturing, financial activities, and leisure and hospitality remained stable. Job losses occurred in trade, transportation and utilities (minus 200), professional and business services (minus 200), and education and health services (minus 1,000). The decrease in education and health services was primarily concentrated in health services, as social assistance employment (childcare and individual and family services programs) has shifted downward in May-June due to the recent years' changes in the public school schedule. Government jobs contracted by 500 over the month, with the bulk of the decline attributed to a drop in hourly workers at the Department of Education. Over the year, total seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs have expanded by 7,100, with the largest increases taking place in leisure and hospitality (plus 6,400), trade, transportation and utilities (plus 2,700), and financial activities (plus 1,300).



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