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The Honolulu Advertiser

Updated at 11:31 a.m., Friday, November 24, 2006

Jobless claims rise 21 percent in past week

Advertiser Staff

Initial unemployment claims climbed about 21 percent in the week ended Nov. 18 compared with the same period a year earlier.

The state reported 1,241 claims were filed compared with 1,026 in the same week in 2005.

It was the eighth week the initial claims filings had risen. Overall unemployment in the state was the lowest in the country at 2.1 percent in October.