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

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

Shown below 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 decreased by 13.7%, with this week’s total filings of 2,255 and filings during the same week in 2009 of 2,613.

Comparing 2010 to 2009 for the counties:

·        Oahu had 74 fewer claims filed
·        Hawaii had 122 fewer claims filed
·        Maui had 122 fewer claims filed
·        Kauai had 29 fewer claims filed

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

·        Oahu had a 5.7% decrease
·        Hawaii had a 22.5% decrease
·        Maui had a 24.2% decrease
·        Kauai had a 14.8% decrease

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