HONOLULU — The Hawaii State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations today announced that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for February was 4.6 percent, unchanged from January. Statewide, there were 626,400 employed and 30,150 unemployed in February, which combines for a total seasonally adjusted labor force of 656,550.
There were upticks in both the seasonally adjusted and the non-seasonally adjusted rates for much of the state. In Maui County, the island of Maui remained steady at 5.o in February – the same as it was in January. A year ago unemployment on Maui was 5.2 percent. on Lana’i, the unemployment rate rose to 3.1 percent in February – up from 2.9 percent in January. In February, 2013, unemployment on Lana’i was 2.5 percent. Moloka’i saw their rate jump to 9.7 percent in February – up from 6.8 percent in January. Last year it was 10.4 percent. The averaged unemployment rate for Maui County was 5.1 percent in February, only slightly higher than 5.0 percent unemployment rate in January.
O’ahu’s unemployment rate dropped from 4.2 percent in January to 4.1 percent in February. A year ago it was 4.3 percent. Kaua’i rose from 5.4 percent in January to 5.6 percent in February. It was 6.0 percent a year ago. The Big Island unemployment rate was unchanged from January’s 6.1 percent. February, 2013, the unemployment rate there was 7.0 percent.
The national unemployment rate in February was 7.0 percent – unchanged from January, and down from 8.1 percent a year ago.