HONOLULU — The Hawaii State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations (DLIR) today announced that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for September was 4.2 percent, down from 4.3 percent in August. Statewide, 638,050 were employed and 27,900 unemployed in September for a total seasonally adjusted labor force of 665,950. Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined to 5.9 percent in September from 6.1 percent in August.
Both initial claims and weeks claims decreased by 295 or -17.4% and 2,133 or -18.8% respectively for unemployment benefits compared to one year ago. Over-the-month both initial claims and weeks claims also decreased by – 4.0% and – 5.4% respectively from August 2014.
While the state is enjoying the lowest unemployment rate in six years and a record civilian labor force of 665,950 – Maui County employment figures for the month were ticking “the wrong way.” Maui Island unemployment rate in September this year was 4.0 percent. That’s up from 3.9 percent in August but down from 5.2 percent a year ago. On Lana’i, the rate of unemployment last month was 2.5 percent. That’s up from 2.3 percent in August but down from 4.6 percent a year ago. Moloka’i continues to be challenged on the job front. Unemployment there last month was 15.6 percent, up from 14.1 percent the previous month. A year ago it was “only” 10.8 percent.
The aggregate unemployment rate for Maui County was 4.3 percent last month. That’s up from 4.2 percent the previous month – but down from 5.3 percent in September, 2013. Overall some 20,000 new jobs have been created in Hawai’i since this time a year ago.