Hawaii’s unemployment rate stayed at 4.4 percent in June, far lower than the national rate of 6.1 percent.
The state Department of Labor & Industrial Relations published the seasonally adjusted data on Thursday.
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The DLIR said there were 29,150 unemployed people in June out of a total seasonally adjusted labor force of 661,550. The state’s unemployment rate in May was also 4.4 percent.
Meanwhile, county and island-specific data — which wasn’t seasonally adjusted — revealed a huge jump in Molokai’s unemployment rate.
The island’s unemployment rate in May was 8.6 percent, but leapt to 13.8 percent in June. Many Molokai residents are concerned the rate could rise even higher if a voter initiative banning GMO farming passes in June.
The Big Island had the next-highest unemployment rate at 6.6 percent.
Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations
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