HONOLULU — The Hawaii State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations (DLIR) today announced that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for March was 4.1 percent, the same as in January and February. Statewide, 648,050 were employed and 27,700 unemployed in March for a total seasonally adjusted labor force of 675,750. Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.5 percent in March, the same as in February.
Both initial claims and weeks claims decreased by 282 or -17.2 percent and 2,127 or -18.3 percent respectively for unemployment benefits compared to one year ago. Over-the-month both initial claims and weeks claims also decreased by -3.5 percent and -4.9 percent from February 2015.
State and county jobless numbers continue a downward trend. Overall, Maui County’s unemployment rate in March this year was 4.2 percent – down from 4.4 percent in February. That was down from 4.8 percent in March, 2014.
On the island of Maui, unemployment was 4.1 percent last month – down from 4.3 percent in February. It was 4.7 percent a year ago. On Moloka’i, unemployment remains well below double digits. In march of this year the rate of 7.7 percent. That’s down from 9.5 percent in February. But that February number was up from March, 2014 when unemployment was 8.7 percent. On Lana’i, the number has fluctuated somewhat. March this year saw a rate of 3.8 percent, up slightly from February’s 3.7 percent and up a full point from March, 2014, when it was just 2.8 percent.