Hawaii seasonally adjusted jobless rate stagnant

AP News
Posted: Dec 20, 2011 2:46 PM
Hawaii seasonally adjusted jobless rate stagnant

Hawaii had a seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 6.5 percent in November _ unchanged from the previous month.

The state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations said Monday Hawaii's labor force included 634,700 people last month. Of this total, more than 593,000 had jobs and more than 41,000 were unemployed.

Officials say expansions in the tourism, professional and business and health care sectors were large contributors to 4,600 jobs added over the past year.

The sector that saw the biggest drop in jobs last month was construction.

Last month, Honolulu had the lowest unemployment rate of Hawaii's four counties at 5.7 percent. Unemployment was 9.6 percent in Hawaii County, 8.8 percent on Kauai and 7.7 percent in Maui County.

Nationwide, the seasonally adjusted jobless rate was 8.6 percent last month.