Illustration by Emily Metcalf
Illustration by Emily Metcalf

REPORT FROM THE STATE OF HAWAII —The Hawaii State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations (DLIR) today announced that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for December was 5.2 percent, down from 5.3 percent in November.

The last time Hawaii had an unemployment rate of 5.2 percent or less was in October 2008.

Statewide, there were 613,300 employed and 33,500 unemployed in December, for a total seasonally adjusted labor force of 646,800.

Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.8 percent, unchanged from the revised rate of 7.8 percent in November.