- Associated Press - Thursday, December 15, 2016

HONOLULU (AP) - The state’s labor department says Hawaii’s unemployment rate fell to a nine-year-low of 3 percent last month.

The department said Thursday the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped from 3.2 percent in October.

The last time the state’s jobless rate was this low was October 2007.

Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.6 percent in November.

Hawaii’s construction industry and its professional and business service sector added jobs during the month.

The size of the labor force hit a seasonally adjusted record high of more than 696,000. The department says this includes 676,000 people with jobs and 20,000 people receiving unemployment.

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