U.S. jobless rate dips; no change in Hawai‘i numbers

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the U.S. dipped to 8.2 percent in March from 8.3 percent in February, and Hawai‘i’s jobless rate remained at 6.4 percent from month to month, the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations reported Thursday.

There were 42,250 people counted as unemployed in March, the state agency reported.

The month-to-month look at non-seasonally adjusted unemployment shows that statewide unemployment increased slightly from 6.3 percent in February to 6.4 percent in March.

On Kaua‘i, the non-seasonally adjusted jobless rate ticked up from 8 percent in February to 8.1 percent in March.

By comparison, the non-seasonally adjusted jobless rate for Honolulu was 5.7 percent in March, up from 5.5 percent a month earlier.

Among the islands, only Lana‘i’s jobless rate declined from 3.9 percent in February to 3.7 percent in March.

The February to March increases in non-seasonally adjusted jobless rates for the other islands were: 9.1 percent to 9.2 percent on the Big Island, 6.8 percent to 6.9 percent on Maui and 13.4 percent to 13.9 percent on Moloka‘i.

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