Maui County's jobless rate in June fell to 5.1 percent, 0.5 percentage point lower than last June, the state Department of Labor & Industrial Relations said Thursday.
The Maui island rate was even lower, at 4.8 percent, 0.7 percentage point lower than 2013, the report said.
The unemployment rates for June were higher on Molokai and Lanai compared to a year earlier. Molokai's rate was 13.8 percent - the highest in the state - up 2.5 percentage points; Lanai's rate of 3.4 percent - the lowest in the state - was still higher than the 2.2 percent in June 2013.
The Maui County numbers in the report were not seasonally adjusted. The statistical adjustment, which allows for better reflection of month-to-month changes, reflects seasonal changes in employment, such as the flurry of hiring during the winter holidays and summer vacations.
The seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate for June was 4.4 percent, the same as May, the monthly report said. The national seasonally adjusted jobless rate was 6.1 percent.
There were 632,450 people employed statewide and 29,150 unemployed for a total seasonally adjusted work-force of 661,550. The workforce has grown by 14,400 in the past year, with the number of unemployed falling by 1,400.
Initial and weeks claims increased by 6.7 percent and 3.2 percent, respectively, in June compared to May. Compared to a year ago, initial and weeks claims fell 4.7 percent and 10.8 percent, respectively.
Looking at the different employment sectors, total seasonally adjusted nonagricultural jobs decreased over the month by 2,300 jobs in June.
Major industry groups showing gains for the month were trade, transportation and utilities, up 1,300; jobs, with the transportation sector the strongest, especially in the visitor industry; and manufacturing, up 100.
There were losses in educational and health services, down 1,000, with most of the decline in health services and ambulatory health care; construction, down 700; professional and business services, down 300; financial activities, down 200; and leisure and hospitality, down 200.
Government jobs fell by 500, mostly due to variation in seasonal hiring in the University of Hawaii system.