Statewide initial unemployment claims increased by 12.5%, with this week’s total filings of 2,476 and filings during the  same week in 2010 of 2,201.

Comparing 2011 to 2010 for the counties:

·        Oahu had 281 more claims filed
·        Hawaii had 53 more claims filed
·        Maui had 78 fewer claims filed
·        Kauai had 9 more claims filed

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

·        Oahu had a 25.2% increase
·        Hawaii had a 11.6% increase
·        Maui had a 21.1% decrease
·        Kauai had a 4.5% increase

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