Pacific Business News - Initial unemployment claims in Hawai'i decreased by 22.4 percent at the beginning of September, according to data released by the Department of Business, Economic Developments and Tourism.
There were 1,528 initial jobless claims filed during the week ending Saturday, Sept. 1, down from 1,969 claims filed the same week last year.
Maui had the largest percentage drop, falling 36 percent with 206 claims filed. Just behind Maui, Hawai'i Island saw a 35 percent decrease with 250 claims filed.
Kaua'i recorded a 27 percent decrease in first-time claims, with a total of 99 filings, and O'ahu saw a 16 percent drop, with 903 claims filed.