WAILUKU - The unemployment rate for Maui County was 7.2 percent in May, a decline of one percentage point from the same time last year.
Maui still had higher unemployment than the rest of the state. Statewide, unemployment was at 5.9 percent, down from 6.4 percent a year ago. National unemployment was at 8.7 percent, down from 9.3 percent in May 2010.
The numbers, released by the Hawaii State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, were not adjusted for seasonal fluctuations.
Seasonally adjusted unemployment for Hawaii was 6 percent in May, down from 6.1 percent in April. Seasonally adjusted data was not available at the county level.
Within Maui County, the island of Molokai continued to have the highest levels of unemployment in May, at 10.2 percent, down from 13.5 percent a year ago.
Maui island unemployment was at 7.1 percent (down from 8.1 percent a year ago). Lanai had the lowest rate at 4.7 percent (down from 6.1 percent a year ago), but many have attributed the low jobless numbers to a mass exodus of the unemployed from the island over the past several years.
Statewide, the labor department said Wednesday that there were 38,150 Hawaii residents without jobs last month.
The only major sector that saw job growth in Hawaii was construction, where 1,700 jobs were added.
The professional and business services sector saw the biggest decrease with a loss of 1,400 jobs.
Employment in financial activities remained stable.
An industry breakdown was not available for Maui County.
* Unemployment. Maui County's unemployment rate for May was higher than the state average, but not as high as the unemployment rates for the Big Island and Kauai. A story published on Page A3 on Thursday incorrectly reported that Maui's unemployment was the highest in the state.
The Maui News apologizes for the errors.