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Hawaii Unemployment Rates Information

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Unemployment Rates In Hawaii

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Hawaii is 4.5 percent as of December 2013. It increased slightly from November’s rate of 4.4 percent. In contrast, the national unemployment rate is currently 6.7 percent.

The not seasonally adjusted rate for Hawaii was 4.2 percent in December down from 4.6 percent in November (2013).

According to the Hawaii State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, the total seasonally adjusted labor force grew by 4,200 to 655,550 statewide as of December. Employment increased by 3,400 to 625,800 as of December 2013 and unemployment declined by 3,850 to 29,750 over the year.

Other recent statistics show that initial claims increased by 11 or 0.6 percent and weeks claimed decreased by 549 or -4.7 percent for unemployment benefits in comparison to December 2012. Since November 2013, initial claims gained 8.7 percent and weeks claimed fell by 0.6 percent.

*Statistics are seasonally adjusted in accordance to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) methodology.

In Honolulu, the unemployment rate is 3.8 percent. They have a civilian labor force of 463.8, an employment of 446.1 and unemployment of 17.7.

*Data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. It shows numbers of persons, in thousands, seasonally adjusted.

Unemployment Rates per Area

As of December 2013:

  • Honolulu: 3.8 percent
  • Hawaii County: 5.9 percent
  • Kauai: 5.1 percent
  • Maui County: 4.6 percent
  • Maui County – Maui Island: 4.5 percent
  • Maui County – Molokai: 7.7 percent
  • Maui County – Lanai: 4.8 percent

*Data not seasonally adjusted.

Employment and Unemployment per Industry:

  • Nonagricultural jobs increased by 3,300 in December over November (2013).
  • Job gains were experienced in Construction (+400), Leisure and Hospitality (+200), Manufacturing (+100) and Other Services (+900).
  • Employment in Financial Activities remained stable (27,400).
  • Government had job gains of 2,900.
  • Job contraction occurred in Trade, Transportation and Utilities (-300), Professional and Business Services (-300) and Educational and Health Services (-600).
  • Leisure and Hospitality added the most jobs (+4,700).
  • Other Services expanded by the largest percentage (+8.1 percent).

To contact the Research and Statistics office, call 808-586-9022 or send an email to dlir.research@hawaii.gov.