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Hawaiʻi Labor Department Delays Opening Due to COVID-19

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Those seeking unemployment benefits and assistance will have to continue to do so by phone or online, not in person.

The state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations announced it will not open statewide offices as planned on Sept. 7. This is due to the significant increase in COVID-19 case numbers.

Instead, the labor department will expand its remote contact options. Starting Sept. 7, telephone appointments will expand from three days a week, to five days.

Those who need appointments for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Employer Services will have their inquiries answered over the phone.

For more information, visit the Labor Department's website for COVID-19 FAQS.

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