HONOLULU — the Hawaii State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations (DLIR) today announced that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for December was 4.0 percent, the same as in November. Statewide, 644,750 were employed and 26,850 unemployed in December for a total seasonally adjusted labor force of 671,600. Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.6 percent in December, down from 5.8 percent in November. Maui County enjoyed a drop in the number of jobless residents in December.
Both initial claims and weeks claims decreased by 178 or -10.1% and 1,914 or -17.2% respectively for unemployment benefits compared to one year ago. Over-the-month, both initial claims and weeks claims increased by 13.6% and 2.6% from November 2014.
The unemployment rate figures for the State of Hawaii and the U.S. in this release are seasonally adjusted, in accordance with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) methodology. The not seasonally adjusted rate for the State was 3.7 percent in December, down from 4.0 percent in November.
The Not-Seasonally adjust figures for Maui County improved from 4.2 percent in November to 3.8 percent in December. A year ago that number was 4.7 percent. Maui Island numbers improved from 3.9 percent in November to 3.6 in December – all down from 4.5 percent in December 2013. Moloka’i jobless figures improved in December to 11.1 percent – down from 14.1 percent in November. However, a year ago the jobless rate on Moloka’i was “just” 7.8 percent. Lana’i inched up to 2.3 percent unemployed in December compared with 1.9 percent in November and down significantly from a 4.8 percent unemployment rate in December, 2013.