Hawaii unemployment at lowest rate in 4.5 years

April jobless rate dips to 4.9%

Published  9:13 AM HST May 16, 2013
Hawaii Employment

The Hawaii State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations announced Thursday that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April declined to 4.9 percent from 5.1 percent in March.

The last time the unemployment rate was 4.9 percent was in October 2008.  Statewide, there were 614,000 employed and 31,850 unemployed in April, for a total seasonally adjusted labor force of 645,850.

Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.5 percent in April, compared to 7.6 percent in March.

Initial claims increased by 36 or 1.9 percent, while weeks claims decreased by 2,016 or -14.6 percent for unemployment benefits compared to one year ago.  Between March and April 2013, initial claims rose by 10.9 percent and weeks claims dropped by 0.3 percent.

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