Maui Island Unemployment Drops to 1.9% in August

September 20, 2018, 10:22 AM HST · Updated September 21, 10:03 AM
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The unemployment rate on Maui Island was at 1.9% in August, down from the 2.1% rate in July and down from the 2.1% rate reported at the same time last year.

Molokaʻi’s rate was 5.8% in August, down from the 6.1% rate the month before, and down the 6.7% rate reported at the same time in 2017. The island of Lānaʻi reported a 2.1% unemployment rate in August 2018, up from 1.0% rate in July, and down from the 2.8% rate reported in August of 2017.


The County of Maui as a whole had a 2.1% unemployment rate (non seasonally adjusted) for August 2018, down from the 2.2% rate in July 2018, and down from the 2.2% rate at the same time last year.

The statewide seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June was 2.1%, unchanged from July and down from the 2.2% rate reported in August of 2017.  The new data was compiled by the Hawaiʻi State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.

In a separate measure of employment, the DLIR reports that there was a gain of 700 jobs in the Leisure & Hospitality sector, as an increase of 100 jobs in Trade, Transportation, & Utilities, and 100 additional jobs in Financial Activities. Government jobs rose by 2,200 jobs, primarily due to the hiring of primary election workers. Job losses were reported in Education & Health Services (-300); Professional & Business Services (-300); and Construction (-100).

Wendy Osher
Wendy Osher leads the Maui Now news team. She is also the news voice of parent company, Pacific Media Group, having served nearly 20 years as News Director for the company’s six Maui radio stations.

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