Unemployment rate falls in April to 2% for county

Molokai reported the state’s highest unemployment rate at 4.8 percent

The Maui News

Maui County’s jobless rate dropped to 2 percent in April, the same as the state’s overall rate, a record low, according to the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.

The Hawaii rate is seasonally adjusted while the county’s is not.

Maui County’s unemployment rate is down from 2.8 percent in April 2017. Maui island’s rate was 1.9 percent for the month, down from 2.7 percent a year earlier.

Molokai reported the state’s highest rate of unemployment, 4.8 percent, although that was a decrease from 5.3 percent in April 2017. Lanai’s rate was 2.1 percent, down from 3 percent.

The county and island rates are not seasonally adjusted, meaning they don’t take into account seasonal fluctuations in employment for summer vacations or holiday seasons, for example.

Statewide, nonagriculture jobs dropped by 200 from 661,300 in March to 661,100 in April. Within major employment sectors, there were job gains in professional and business services (plus 300), financial activities (plus 200), education and health services (plus 100) and other services (plus 100). Jobs in leisure and hospitality, manufacturing and information sectors remained unchanged. And, there were job losses in construction (minus 300) and trade, transportation and utilities (minus 300).

Government employment decreased by 300 jobs.

Compared with April 2017, total nonfarm jobs increased by 8,600, or 1.3 percent.

Initial unemployment claims increased by 36, or 2.8 percent, compared with a year ago; and weeks claims dropped by 676, or 8.7 percent. Over-the-month initial claims rose 16.3 percent while weeks claims fell by 2.4 percent in April.

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