By Sonia Isotov
The Hawai‘i State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations announced today that the non-seasonally adjusted annual unemployment rate for Maui County in December was 7.3% for 2011, down from 7.4% in December 2010.
Statewide, the annual seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for all of Hawaii was 6.3 %, down from 6.6 % in 2010.
In a separate measure of employment, in 2011 over 2010, the annual average statewide job count increased by 7,100, or 1.2%, to 594,000, with notable job gains in Professional & Business Services (+3,000), Educational & Health Services (+2,900), and Leisure & Hospitality (+2,500).
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for December was 6.6, a 0.1 percentage point increase from 6.5% in November. There were 591,700 employed and 41,900 unemployed in December, for a total seasonally adjusted labor force of 633,600.
Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined to 8.5% in December from the revised rate of 8.7% in November.