REPORT FROM THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND TOURISM – 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.

Hawaii’s unemployment rate was 6 percent in June, unchanged from May according to the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. Out of a total workforce of 633,650 in June 38,150 were unemployed and 595,450 were employed, according to the DLIR report.

July figures are expected to be released tomorrow.

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Statewide initial unemployment claims decreased by 24.3%, 
with this week’s total filings of 1,866 and filings during the 
same week in 2010 of 2,466.

Comparing 2011 to 2010 for the counties:

·        Oahu had 311 fewer claims filed
·        Hawaii had 51 fewer claims filed 
·        Maui had 103 fewer claims filed 
·        Kauai had 125 fewer claims filed

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

·        Oahu had a 22.5% decrease
·        Hawaii had a 11.9% decrease
·        Maui had a 29.7% decrease 
·        Kauai had a 54.1% decrease

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