Maui Island Unemployment Rate 2.3% in August

September 19, 2019, 9:14 AM HST · Updated September 19, 9:14 AM
Wendy Osher · 0 Comments

The unemployment rate for the island of Maui was 2.3% in August, according to the Hawaiʻi Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. While the islandʻs unemployment rate for August decreased slightly from 2.4% the month before, the rate increased from 2.2% a year ago.

The unemployment rate for Maui County in August was 2.4%, compared to 2.6% the month before, and 2.3% from August of last year. According to the department, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the entire state in August was 2.7%, which was up slightly from 2.8% the month before, and higher than the 2.5% reported in August of last year.

Unemployment for August 2019. PC: Maui Now graphic.

Statewide, 18,000 residents were unemployed in August. Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.7% in August, the same as in July of 2019.

Initial claims increased by about 6.6%, while weeks claims decreased by -0.3% percent for unemployment benefits compared to one year ago. Over the month, initial claims dropped by -8.8%, while weeks claims were down by about -9.0% in August 2019.


These unemployment rate figures are seasonally adjusted in accordance with the US Bureau of Labor Statistics methodology. The not seasonally adjusted rate for the state was 2.5% in August, compared to 2.7% in July.

In another measure of employment, the DLIR reports that total non-agricultural jobs declined by 1,800 over-the-month.

Within the major industries, job gains occurred in:

  • Professional & Business Services (+400),
  • Education & Health Services (+300),
  • Leisure & Hospitality (+200),
  • Construction (+100), and
  • Manufacturing (+100).

Job losses were experienced in:

  • Financial Activities (-100), and
  • Trade, Transportation, & Utilities (-400).

Meantime, Employment in Financial Activities remained stable.  Government decreased by 2,400 jobs. And, in comparison with August 2018, total non-farm jobs have expanded by 600, or 0.1%.

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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