Jobs increase by 1,200 over-the-year

HONOLULU — The state Department of Labor & Industrial Relations announced last week that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June was 2.8 percent, the same rate for the fourth consecutive month.

Kauai’s jobless rate in June was 3.1 percent, up from 2.5 percent in May but down from 3.2 percent in June 2018.

Statewide, 645,550 were employed and 18,650 unemployed in June. Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.7 percent in June, compared to 3.6 percent in May.

In Hawaii, initial claims and weeks claims for unemployment benefits decreased by 43 or -3.3 percent and 73 or -1.0 percent, respectively, to one year ago. Over-the-month both initial claims and weeks claims increased by 3.5 percent and 4.6 percent, respectively, in June 2019.

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