LIHUE — The Hawaii State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations Thursday announced that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for May was 2 percent, the same as in April.
The unemployment rate for May on Kauai was 2.1 percent, up from 1.8 percent in April, but down from 2.5 percent in May 2017.
Statewide, 672,800 were employed and 13,950 unemployed in May for a total seasonally adjusted labor force of 686,750. Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.8 percent in May, compared to 3.9 percent in April.
Initial claims increased by 36 or 2.8 percent and weeks claims decreased by 676 or down 8.7 percent respectively for unemployment benefits compared to one year ago. Over-the-month initial claims grew by 16.3 percent while weeks claims dropped by 2.4 percent respectively in April 2018.