State unemployment rate drops slightly in March

National jobless rate also down a tenth of a percent

Published  11:39 AM HST Apr 19, 2013
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The Hawaii State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations announced Friday that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for March declined to 5.1 percent, from 5.2 percent in February.

Statewide, there were 614,100 employed and 33,300 unemployed in March, for a total seasonally adjusted labor force of 647,400.  Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.6 percent in March, compared to 7.7 percent in February.

Initial claims and weeks claims for unemployment benefits were both down by 157 claims or -8.3 percent and 2,519 claims or -17.6 percent, respectively compared to one year ago.

Between February and March 2013, initial claims dropped by 4.8 percent and weeks claims increased by 0.4 percent, respectively.

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