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County jobless rate stays at 2.7% in September

Maui island’s rate ticks up just a bit

The Maui News

Maui County’s jobless rate for September was 2.7 percent, the same as a year earlier, though Maui island’s rate grew slightly to 2.6 percent, the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations reported Thursday.

Maui island’s rate was up from 2.5 percent last September. Unemployment rates for both Lanai and Molokai were down significantly for the month, year over year. Lanai’s rate was 1.6 percent, down from 3.4 percent, and Molokai’s, 5.6 percent, down from 6.9 percent.

Compared to other counties, Maui County’s rate was the same as Kauai’s, higher than Honolulu’s 2.6 percent and lower that Hawaii island’s 3.5 percent for September.

The county data are not adjusted for seasonal factors, such as summer and holiday season hiring. This makes month-over-month comparisons less significant.

The state’s seasonally adjusted jobless rate for September was 2.7 percent, the same as August but higher than the 2.6 percent last year. The national jobless rate was 3.5 percent.

Initial jobless claims in September fell 19.8 percent year over year and 5.7 percent compared to August.

By sector, increases in construction jobs led the way, up 1,000 in September compared to August. The Financial Analysis and Leisure and Hospitality categories showed increases of 400 jobs each.

There was a 200-job decline in the Education and Health Services sector.

The total of nonagricultural jobs rose 4,500 in September month over month, and 6,900 year over year, a 1.1 percent increase.