Maui Unemployment Rate Remains Low in January

March 9, 2018, 11:04 AM HST · Updated March 9, 11:05 AM
Nikki Schenfeld · 4 Comments

The Hawaiʻi State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations announced that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for January was 2.1%, the same as the benchmark-revised rate for December.

On Maui, the unemployment rate was at 2% on Maui Island, up slightly from the 1.7% rate in December and down from the 3.1% reported at the same time last year. Molokaʻi’s rate was 3.6% in January, down slightly from the month before when the rate was 3.9%, and down the 3.8% rate reported at the same time in 2017. The island of Lānaʻi reported a 3.1% unemployment rate in January 2018, up significantly from the 1.2% rate in December, and unchanged from the same time last year.

The County of Maui as a whole had a 2.1% unemployment rate (non seasonally adjusted) for January 2018, up slightly from the 1.8% rate in December 2017, and down from the 3.1% rate at the same time last year.

Statewide, 668,700 were employed and 14,400 unemployed in January for a total seasonally adjusted labor force of 683,050. Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.1% in January, the same as in December.


Both initial claims and weeks claims decreased by 21 or -1.4% and by 209 or -2.4% respectively for unemployment benefits compared to one year ago. Over-the-month initial claims and weeks claims increased by 18.3% and 8.5% respectively in January 2018.

The not seasonally adjusted rate for the State was 2.1% in January, compared to 1.8% in December.

In another measure of employment, there was an increase of 1,900 nonagricultural jobs over-the-month.


Among the major sectors, job gains occurred in Trade, Transportation, & Utilities (+1,100), Professional & Business Services (+1,000), Leisure & Hospitality (+500), Other Services (+300) and Financial Activities (+100).

Within the Trade, Transportation, & Utilities series, most of the rise is attributed to a smaller release of seasonal retail workers, following less seasonal hiring in the industry late last year.

Jobs losses were experienced in Construction (-100), Manufacturing (-100), Information (-100) and Educational & Health Services (-300). Government employment declined by 500 jobs, with most of the drop in the University of Hawaiʻi System. In comparison with one year ago, total non-farm jobs have expanded by 6,600, or 1%.

Nikki Schenfeld
Nikki joined the Maui Now team in 2016 as a writer/reporter. Originally from Chicago, she has had internships with CBS2 Chicago and Comcast SportsNet Chicago where she had the opportunity to interview some of Chicago's best athletes. She graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2010 with a Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism. She moved to Maui in 2013.

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