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Hawaii unemployment falls to 4.5 percent in July

HONOLULU (AP) -- Hawaii's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate last month was the lowest since August 2008.

State officials said Thursday the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in July fell to 4.5 percent, down from 4.6 percent in June.

A year ago, the rate was 8.2 percent.

Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.4 percent in July, down from 7.6 percent in June.

The construction sector added 1,100 jobs. The leisure and hospitality sector added 700 jobs. The government sector lost 600 as well as the educational and health services sector.

In all, there were almost 615,000 people with jobs and nearly 29,000 unemployed in July.

Honolulu County had last month's lowest unemployment rate at 4.2 percent. Hawaii County was the highest at 7.5 percent. County rates are not seasonally adjusted.