HONOLULU — the Hawaii State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations (DLIR) today announced that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for November was 4.0 percent, down from 4.1 percent in October. Statewide, 642,850 were employed and 27,000 unemployed in November for a total seasonally adjusted labor force of 669,850.
The labor force has grown by 17,000 during the past year and Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.8 percent in November.
Overall, Maui County enjoyed a slight dip in joblessness, inching down from 4.3 percent last month to 4.2 percent this month. Last year at this time, the unemployment rate was 5.1 for the county. Individually, Maui Island unemployment has steadily declined. A year ago it was 5.0 percent. Last month it was 4.0 percent, and it dipped a bit more to 3.9 percent in November. Moloka’i has endured another unfortunate trend. Unemployment on the Friendly Isle was 14.2 percent in November, up from 13.8 percent in October. Last year there, the jobless rate was only 7.7 percent. Lana’i, on the other hand, is looking more like the good old days. Their November jobless rate was only 1.9 percent, down from 2.9 in October and way down from the 4.5 percent unemployment rate in November, 2013.