Local unemployment unchanged, national drops

Published On: Dec 18 2013 01:10:34 PM HST

Unemployment percentage graph showing the last two years in Hawaii.

The Hawaii State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations announced Wednesday that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for November was 4.4 %, unchanged from October.

Statewide, there were 622,450 employed and 29,000 unemployed in November, for a total seasonally adjusted labor force of 651,400.

Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.0 % in November, down from 7.3 percent in October.

October and November of this year saw a slight 0.1% uptick from the previous two months. Prior to that, unemployment had seen a steady decline from 2011, with November's unemployment that year measured at 6.5%. Nationally, the decrease over a one year period was 0.8%.

The leisure and hospitality sector added the most jobs this month, over 5,100, according to the Dept. of Labor. Most industries added more jobs this month as well, except Construction which remained stagnant and the Financial and Professional/Business Services sectors which both experienced a decrease.

Employment in the Government dropped the most, down by 2,300, mostly due to less seasonal hiring by the Department of Education and University of Hawaii system.  

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