|Data Series||June 2020||July 2020|
|Unemployment Rate (2)||12.2||11.5|
|Nonfarm Wage and Salary Employment|
|12-month % change||-14.0||-13.9|
Your weekly benefit amount is calculated by dividing the wages in the highest quarter of your base period by 21. However, your weekly benefit amount (WBA) cannot be more than the maximum weekly benefit amount , which is determined each year by law.
September Unemployment Numbers: Lower in 30 States Higher in 8 States
There is no minimum amount of time or wages an employer has to meet in order to qualify under unemployment compensation. Hawaii requires a minimum base period earnings of 26 times the WBA. You also must have worked during at least two quarters in the entire base period.
THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — NOVEMBER 2020 Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 245,000 in November, and the unemployment rate edged down to 6.7 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.
Maui island’s rate was down from 22.6 percent in July; the rate was 2.4 percent — the lowest in the state — a year earlier. Maui County’s jobless rate was 20.7 percent for August. Molokai’s rate was the lowest in the county — 6.9 percent — down from 8.1 percent in July and 7.2 percent last August.
If you are still attached to your regular employer, worked less than your full- time hours, and earned less than your weekly benefit amount during a week, you may be eligible for partial unemployment benefits which can be backdated up to 28 calendar days to a week of less than full- time employment .
You may be eligible for PUA if you are self-employed, do not have sufficient work history to qualify for regular UI, or have exhausted your rights to regular UI benefits or extended benefits. The individual has quit their job as a direct result of COVID-19.
The highest rate of U.S. unemployment was 24.9% in 1933, during the Great Depression. 1 Unemployment remained above 14% from 1931 to 1940. It remained in the single digits until September 1982 when it reached 10.1%. 2 During the Great Recession, unemployment reached 10% in October 2009.