Hawai`i’s Unemployment Rate at 2.2 Percent in September

The Hawai`i State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations on Thursday announced that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for September was 2.2 percent compared to 2.1 percent in June through August. Statewide, 671,750 were employed and 15,050 unemployed in September for a total seasonally adjusted labor force of 686,800. Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.7 percent in September, compared to 3.9 percent in August.

Initial claims increased by 166 or 14.4 percent, while weeks claims decreased by 640 or -8.5 percent for unemployment benefits compared to one year ago.  Over-the-month both initial claims and weeks claims rose by 25.5 percent and 2.7 percent respectively in September 2018.

The unemployment rate figures for the State of Hawaii and the U.S. in this release are

seasonally adjusted, in accordance with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) methodology.

The not seasonally adjusted rate for the State was 2.5 percent in September, compared to 2.2 percent in August.

In another measure of employment, there was a decline of 2,500 jobs over-the-month.  Within the major sectors, job gains were experienced in Professional & Business Services (+1,400), with the bulk of the increase coming from Professional Employer Organizations. Employment in Trade, Transportation, & Utilities and Information remained unchanged.  Job losses occurred in Education & Health Services (-100), Other Services (-100), Financial Activities (-200), Manufacturing (-200), Construction (-300), and Leisure & Hospitality (-500). Government contracted by 2,500 jobs, largely due to the release of primary election workers.  In comparison with one year ago, total nonfarm jobs have expanded by 11,600, or 1.8 percent.