Hawaii’s unemployment office will open the day after Labor Day after more than a year of being closed to in-person visits.
Anne Perreira-Eustaquio, who leads the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, announced on the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s “Spotlight” program Wednesday morning that the office opening on Sept. 7 will involve walk-ins in the morning and appointment-only visits in the afternoon.
The state’s unemployment rate was 7.7% in June, down from 14% a year ago in June 2020 but still above the national average of 5.9% and far above pre-pandemic Hawaii levels, Perreira-Eustaquio said.
The office will continue its call center but discontinue Zoom and phone appointments once the office is open, Perreira-Eustaquio said. She said people will be allowed to make in-person appointments three weeks prior to Sept. 7.
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