Maui Unemployment Rate Unchanged at 4.7% in May
By Wendy Osher
The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for May dropped to 4.7% from 4.9% the month before, according to data released by the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.
That’s nearly 3 percentage points better than the national rate of 7.6%.
In Maui County, the (non seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate for May was unchanged at 4.8%. This included an unchanged rate of 4.7% on Maui Island; and slightly improved rates of 8.3% on Molokai, and 1.9% on Lanai.
Statewide, there were more than 615,000 employed, and an estimated 30,600 unemployed individuals, according to the DLIR.
In a separate measure of employment, the DLIR reports that total seasonally adjusted non-agricultural jobs declined by 2,000 across the state over the previous month.
There was also a drop in government jobs, but authorities attributed the decline to seasonal staffing patterns at the Department of Education. Increases were reported in leisure & hospitality, health services, and professional services.
While there was a drop in construction for the month, the sector reported one of the most significant gains in year over year figures released by the DLIR.