Illustration by Emily Metcalf
Illustration by Emily Metcalf

REPORT FROM DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND TOURISM —The Hawaii State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations announced today that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April was 6.3 percent, down from 6.4 percent in March.

In April over March, all counties, including the islands of Maui County, experienced declines in the unemployment rate, which are not seasonally adjusted.

Statewide, there were 614,400 employed and 41,350 unemployed in April, for a total seasonally adjusted labor force of 655,750.

Initial claims for unemployment benefits fell 9.1 percent over the year to 1,880 in April 2012 while total weeks claimed decreased by 838 to 13,811 in April 2012, a reduction of 5.7 percent over the year.

Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 8.1 percent down from 8.2 percent in March.