Business / In Brief • Feb. 16, 2013

New jobless claims increased last week

HONOLULU – State labor officials report that new jobless claims are down in Hawaii compared to the same time last year, but up when taking the short-view.

Hawaii News Now says according to the Department of Labor & Industrial Relations there were 1,881 new jobless claims last week. That is down about 7 percent compared to the same time last year, but an increase of about 200 from a week ago.

Labor officials say new claims rose on Kauai, Maui, Molokai, and in all three Oahu unemployment offices, but fell on the Big Island. The total number of jobless claims in Hawaii, when adding up old and new claims, is nearly 12,000.


Company reports increase in ag shipments

KAILUA-KONA – A Hawaii company that ships cargo between the islands has issued its year-end results.

West Hawaii Today reports that Young Brothers Ltd. on the Big Island says there was a nominal increase in cargo volume to the neighbor islands last year. But the company says there was a steady rise in the shipment of agricultural products.

The company says the volume of agricultural products moved across the state was up 11.6 percent in 2012 compared to the previous year. Roy Catalani, Young Brothers’ vice president of strategic planning and government relations, attributes the increase possibly to a renewed interest in buying locally-grown products.

The company says cargo volumes were up only 0.4 percent in 2012.