Hawaii unemployment rate at nearly 4-year-low

HONOLULU -- Hawaii's unemployment rate fell to a seasonally adjusted 5.7 percent last month, its lowest rate in nearly four years.

That's a 0.4 percentage point drop from August, when the jobless rate was 6.1 percent.

The state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations said Thursday the last time Hawaii's jobless rate was this low was December 2008.

Hawaii added jobs in the fields of education, health services and tourism.

Nationally, the unemployment rate was 7.8 percent last month, down from 8.1 percent in August.