Unemployment drops across county

The Maui News

Maui County’s unemployment dipped slightly in May to 3 percent, compared with 3.1 percent in May 2016, according to jobless figures released Thursday by the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.

Maui island’s unemployment was unchanged at 2.9 percent, while Molokai’s jobless rate dropped from 7.1 to 6.7 percent and Lanai went down from 6.8 to 3.4 percent, all between May last year and last month.

Molokai continued to have the state’s highest unemployment. The island with the lowest unemployment last month was Oahu, with 2.6 percent.

These are not seasonally adjusted, meaning they don’t take into account workforce fluctuations that occur during seasons like summer or winter vacations.

The state’s overall seasonally adjusted jobless rate was 2.7 percent, while the country’s unemployment rate stood at 4.3 percent in May.

Statewide, initial and weekly claims for unemployment benefits increased by 11, or 0.9 percent, and 781, or 11.2 percent, respectively, compared with a year ago.