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WASHINGTON — The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 3.5% in September, the lowest level in nearly five decades, even though employers appeared to turn more cautious and slowed their hiring.

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Low unemployment has been great for workers but tough on employers who feel like they can’t find enough help. That’s where some of Hawaii’s nonprofit organizations come in. 

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The U.S. Department of Labor released its latest statistics Friday on Hawaii’s job market, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) finding that the leisure and hospitality industry lost more jobs than it gained in the third quarter of 2018.

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Hawaiʻiʻs economy grew at a slower pace than the average for the country in the first three quarters of last year and is projected to be unchanged for the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, signs point to slower growth for the state over the next several years.

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New jobs figures out this morning show the U.S. unemployment rate remains relatively low. That’s not the case in India — where according to a leaked government report, it’s at the highest level in decades.

The Conversation: Monday, March 26th, 2018

Mar 26, 2018
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Disaster Vulnerability; Cesspool Task Force; Challenges of Low Unemployment; Emotional Learning

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Unemployment in Hawai‘i hit a record low last month—at 2-percent. And as 2017 draws to a close, the state has one of the lowest jobless rates in the country—although wages still remain relatively low and the cost of living is near the top of the national charts. Heading into the new year, the employment situation is a very different story in South Korea. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.


Most people assume that robots, artificial intelligence and technology will play major roles in our future, but have you really thought about their implications for society?  Futurist James Dator contends we are already half way into changes that may make working for a living obsolete.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.