State Unemployment Claims Rise 18.2 Percent

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Graphic by Emily Metcalf

The weekly unemployment statistics update is now on the DBEDT Internet site here

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 increased by 18.2%, with this week’s total filings of 2,223 and filings during the same week in 2010 of 1,881.

Comparing 2011 to 2010 for the counties:

· Oahu had 274 more claims filed
· Hawaii had 43 more claims filed
· Maui had 44 more claims filed
· Kauai had 22 fewer claims filed

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

· Oahu had a 25.8% increase
· Hawaii had a 13.0% increase
· Maui had a 17.5% increase
· Kauai had a 14.5% decrease






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