State’s unemployment rate higher than national average

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HONOLULU (KHON2) — Hawaii’s unemployment rate is still higher than the national average.

The Hawaii State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) reports that the job-less rate for March stood at 9%.

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Across the state, 590,800 were employed and 58,750 unemployed in March for a total seasonally adjusted labor force of 649,550.

As for unemployment claims, the state’s labor department reports more than 3,500 initial claims were filed in March, indicating a drop of more than 11,000 compared to this time last year.

The national unemployment rate was 6% in March.

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