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Hawaii unemployment rate at 58-month low

Published On: Jul 18 2013 08:54:28 AM HST
HONOLULU -

The Hawai'i State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations announced Thursday that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June declined to 4.6 percent, from 4.7 percent in May.

The last time the unemployment rate was 4.6 percent was in September 2008.

Statewide, there were 617,250 employed and 29,700 unemployed in June, for a total seasonally adjusted labor force of 646,950. Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.6 percent in June, unchanged from May.

Initial claims and weekly claims decreased by 48 or -2.5 percent and by 1,796 or -13.0 percent consecutively for unemployment benefits compared to one year ago. Over-the-month both initial claims and weekly claims increased by 2.6 percent and 1.9 percent consecutively in May 2013.

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