Shown is a quick look at this week’s unemployment data – initial claims filed as compared to the same week last year.

Statewide initial unemployment claims increased by 26.7%, with this week’s total filings of 2,752 and filings during the same week in 2010 of 2,172.

Comparing 2011 to 2010 for the counties:

·        Oahu had 609 more claims filed
·        Hawaii had 49 fewer claims filed
·        Maui had 92 fewer claims filed
·        Kauai had 90 more claims filed

In percentage changes, comparing the current week to the same week a year ago:

·        Oahu had a 58.1% increase
·        Hawaii had a 10.5% decrease
·        Maui had a 20.9% decrease
·        Kauai had a 55.2% increase

The weekly unemployment statistics update is now on our DBEDT Internet site at:

http://hawaii.gov/dbedt/info/economic/data_reports/unemployment

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