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Maui County September
Unemployment 7.9%

Updated 09:50 AM HST, October 21, 2011
Posted 04:46 PM HST, October 20, 2011

By Sonia Isotov

Maui County unemployment rose to 7.9% in September, a 0.4% increase from a month ago, but still lower than one year ago when it was 8.3%, according to an announcement yesterday by the Hawaii State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations.

For the state, Hawaii’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for September was 6.4%, a 0.2% percentage point increase from 6.2% in August. There were 591,850 employed and 40,250 unemployed in September, for a total seasonally adjusted labor force of 632,100. Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged at 9.1%.

On Maui, seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for September was 7.6%, or down 0.6% from one year ago. Molokai was 16.9% or an increase of 3.3% from one year ago, and Lana’i was 5.3% for September, or a 0.7% decrease from one year.

In a separate measure of employment, Hawaii total seasonally adjusted nonagricultural jobs increased by 6,300 jobs or +1.1% to 595,900 jobs from August to September. Most of the job gains occurred in government (+4,500), especially in the Department of Education, with the expansion primarily due to more hiring for the year-round school session, which until recently had historically not been as intense in the August-September period.

Among major private industry groups, job gains were experienced in Trade, Transportation, & Utilities (+600), Professional & Business Services (+500), and Other Services (+200). Employment in Financial Activities was unchanged over-the-month. Job losses occurred in Education & Health Services (-300) and Construction (-500). In comparison with one year ago, total seasonally adjusted nonagricultural jobs have gone up by 9,700, or +1.7%, with the largest job expansion in Professional & Business Services (+3,700), Education & Health Services (+3,000), and Leisure & Hospitality (+2,300).

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  • cherylbullock

    Unemployment numbers are comprised of those that are in the job market for the past 30 days. It does not include those that have not been in the job market in the last 30 days: people who have given up looking; those that have gone off unemployment because it has run out. One solution to unemployment is "High Speed University" check it out