By Jan Nakamoto

A quick look at this week’s unemployment data – initial claims filed is shown below.

Statewide initial unemployment claims increased by 7.9%, with this week’s total filings of 2,597 and filings during the same week in 2009 of 2,406.

Comparing 2010 to 2009 for the counties:

·        Oahu had 158 more claims filed
·        Hawaii Island had 59 more claims filed
·        Maui, the only county with a decrease, had 11 fewer claims filed
·        Kauai had 7 more claims filed

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

·        Oahu had a 13.0% increase
·        Hawaii Island had a 13.0% increase
·        Maui had a 2.3% decrease
·        Kauai had a 4.0% increase

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

Jan Nakamoto is a Research Statistician with the Statistics and Data Support Branch, Research and Economic Analysis Division of the Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism; Email:



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