Hawaii jobless rate near double national average as COVID-19 cases surge

Hawaii’s unemployment rate for September nearly doubled the national average, the Labor Department reported Tuesday, as coronavirus cases have recently surged in the state.

The Aloha State reported a 15.1% unemployment rate for September, the highest of all states. The national average was 7.9% last month.

Hawaii’s unemployment rate is on the rise, which is the opposite of what happened in most states last month. The jobless rate declined in 30 states, and only eight saw an increase. The remaining 12 remained stable.

Blue states had higher unemployment than red states, by and large.

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