The number of initial unemployment claims in Hawaii declined 3.2 percent statewide last week, with two counties showing double-digit drops and two counties showing increases, according to the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism.
There were a total of 2,028 initial jobless claims filed statewide during the week ending Jan. 28, compared to 2,096 claims filed during the same week in 2011, the state said.
Maui and the Big Island both saw drops of more than 20 percent in the number of jobless claims.
There were 223 initial jobless claims filed in Maui County last week, which was 23.1 percent fewer than the 290 claims filed last year.
And there were 307 unemployment claims filed in Hawaii County last week, which was a 20.5 percent drop from 386 claims filed last year.
However, the number of jobless claims filed on Oahu increased 10.6 percent to 1,300 claims from 1,175 claims last year.
Kauai also saw an increase in the number of unemployment claims filed. There were 152 claims filed on Kauai last week, a 3.4 percent increase from 147 claims filed last year.