Hawaii unemployment rate climbs to 4.5%

Published On: Jan 27 2014 11:00:37 AM HST   Updated On: Jan 27 2014 11:02:12 AM HST
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Hawaii's unemployment rate rose to a seasonally adjusted 4.5 percent last month.

The state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations said Monday the jobless rate edged 0.1 percentage point higher from 4.4 percent in November.

The department says the trade, transportation and utilities sectors lost jobs during December as did educational and health services.

The construction and hospitality industries both added jobs.

The state unemployment rate has either stayed the same or went up month-over-month since August 2013.  The came after six straight months of unemployment rate declines.

Year-over-year, December's jobless rate was down from 5.1 percent in 2012.  In 2011, December's unemployment rate was at 6.4 percent.

Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate stood at 6.7 percent last month, down from 7.0 percent in November.

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