There were 28,100 employed Kauaians last month, and 1,600 unemployed, from a civilian labor force of 29,700, the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations reported. That figured to a 5.4 percent unemployment rate in July, unchanged from June. In July of last year, the Kaua’i unemployment rate was 7.1 percent.
The gap between the state’s unemployment rate and the U.S. rate stayed wide last month, with the state unemployment rate at 4.5 percent, also unchanged from June, and the U.S. rate at 6 percent, also unchanged from June. In July of last year, the unemployment rates were 4.7 percent for both the state and nation. Among the counties, Honolulu had the lowest July unemployment rate this year, 4 percent, and the Big Island had the highest, 7.1 percent.