Thus, it probably doesn’t reflect Hawaii’s actual unemployment rate, DLIR spokesman Bill Kunstman said.
“There’s no perfect data out there, and there’s no perfect survey. There’s limitations to everything, and the unemployment rate is one of those things,” Kuntsman said Friday. “It’s not a particularly large survey.”
Meanwhile, Hawaii has seen nearly 242,000 unemployment claims filed since the pandemic hit, according to state data.
That number would seem to give a clearer picture of the state’s jobless rate when compared to the overall workforce. So far, that offers an incomplete picture as well, however. More than 43,000 of those claims have already been denied and thousands more are expected to be denied going forward.
The final tally of approved claims has yet to be determined. The state has struggled to process them as it deals with unprecedented demand and an antiquated government IT system.
Nearly, 67,000 claims — most of which are the most complicated cases — remain to be processed, according to DLIR.
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