Reacting to the news that Hawaii’s unemployment rate dropped from 6.1 percent in April to 6 percent in May, Gov. Neil Abercrombie said his goal is to see the trend continue.

“The unemployment rate was down to between 2 and 3 percent in the mid-2000s,” Abercrombie said while speaking with reporters Thursday. “It can’t really get much lower… My goal is to cut the unemployment rate in half.”

Given the economic climate of the United States, the 2 percent number he cites seems downright incredible. Is he right that Hawaii’s unemployment was so low just a few short years ago during the reign of his predecessor, former Gov. Linda Lingle?

Turns out he’s spot-on.

In 2006, Hawaii’s unemployment rate was 2.4 percent, the lowest in the nation, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Oh the good old days.