April 14, 2021

Hawaii’s employment recovery is a case study on what could’ve gone right for the US: Lt. governor

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits ticked lower last week with the latest weekly total of initial claims coming in below 800,000.

While some states have seen unemployment applications recede from record highs after the coronavirus pandemic first roiled America’s employment picture, one state stands out for just how dramatic it’s comeback has been.

After instituting a mandatory “Safe Travels” testing program for travelers in October, Hawaii’s nation-leading unemployment rate fell precipitously from above 20% to under half that in just a matter of months. According to the latest weekly data from the Department of Labor, Hawaii went from leading the nation at an insured unemployment rate of 21.3% in September to not even being noted among the top 10 states with rates above 4.9%.

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