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Maui Unemployment Rate Down to 4.9%

December 19, 2013, 1:42 PM HST
* Updated December 19, 2:09 PM
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Pacific Media Group job fair, file photo by Wendy Osher.

Pacific Media Group job fair, file photo by Wendy Osher.

By Wendy Osher

Maui’s non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in November was 4.9%, down from the 5.5% rate reported at the same time last year, according to information released by the Hawaiʻi Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.

On Lānaʻi, the agency reported a jobless rate of 4.4%, up from 1.4% in November 2012. Molokaʻi’s rate was 7.5%, down significantly from the 14.4% reported at the same time last year, but still the highest in the state.

Statewide, the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations reports a non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 4.6%, down from the 5.2% reported in November of 2012.

The department notes significant job expansion in the Leisure and Hospitality sector, which was up by 1,700 jobs from the month before.

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According to department reports, there were 1,400 more jobs in the Trade, Transportation, and Utilities sector; 400 more jobs in Education and Health Services; and 300 more jobs in Manufacturing.

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Job decreases of 100 each were reported in the Financial Activities sector, and the Professional and Business Services area.

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