Kaua’i unemployment rate rises, along with worker number

Rises in numbers in the civilian labor force, employed workers and unemployed Kauaians led to a slight upward movement in the island’s November unemployment rate, to 5 percent, compared to 4.8 percent in October.

According to information from the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, there were 29,000 Kauaians in the civilian labor force last month, 27,550 employed, and 1,450 unemployed.

The figures essentially mirror the September numbers for the island. In November of last year, the Kaua’i unemployment rate was 6.6 percent.

The statewide unemployment rate in November of this year was 4 percent, unchanged from October but down significantly compared to the November, 2001 rate of 5.6 percent.

For the 12th consecutive month, the state’s unemployment rate last month was below the national average (5.7 percent). The U.S. rate was 5.3 percent in October of this year, the same rate recorded in November of last year.

Honolulu again had the lowest unemployment rate among the counties, 3.6 percent last month, unchanged from October and down from 5.3 percent in November of last year.

Maui County was next, at 4.1 percent last month, down from 4.3 percent in October and 5.9 percent in November of last year.

Kaua’i again last month had a lower unemployment rate than the Big Island, which checked in at 5.2 percent last month, down from 5.3 percent in October and 6.9 percent in November 2001.

Last month’s statewide figure is based on 571,000 employed folks, and 23,500 jobless people, a DLIR spokesperson said.

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