Hawaii Jobless Rate Drops To 5.5 Percent

HONOLULU (AP) â¿¿ Hawaii's unemployment rate is hitting a new four-year-low.

The state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations said Thursday Hawaii's jobless rate dropped 0.2 percentage point in October to a seasonally adjusted 5.5 percent.

The state's jobless rate was at 5.7 percent in September â¿¿ its lowest mark since 2008.

Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 7.9 percent from 7.8 percent in September.

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