HONOLULU — The Hawaii State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations (DLIR) today announced that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for September was 3.4 percent, down from 3.5 percent in August. The last time the seasonally adjust unemployment rate was at 3.4 percent was in March 2008. Statewide, 651,900 were employed and 23,150 unemployed in September for a total seasonally adjusted labor force of 675,050. Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in September, the same as in August.
Both initial claims and weeks claims decreased, by 137 or -9.8 percent, and 1,774 or -19.3 percent, respectively for unemployment benefits compared to one year ago. Over-the-month initial claims rose by 5.9 percent, while weeks claims decreased by -1.0 percent from August.
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 3.6 percent in September, up from 3.3 percent in August.
Maui County didn’t follow the positive trend. The jobless rate for Maui County in September was 3.8 percent. That’s up from 3.4 percent in August, but down from 4.3 percent a year ago. The island of Maui showed the sharpest climb in unemployment. The rate for September, 2015, was 3.6 percent. That’s up from 3.2 percent in August but down from 4.0 percent a year ago. Lana’i continues to glide with the jobless rate there down a tick from 2.9 percent in August to 2.8 percent last month. That is, however, up a tad from September, 2014, when the jobless rate was just 2.6 percent. Moloka’i is enjoying single-digit jobless numbers. September’s rate was 9.0 percent – down from 9.2 percent in August and way down from 15.2 percent a year ago.