Figures have been released from the 2010 Census that show the population of Molokai has decreased over the past decade.
The population on Molokai declined from 7,404 to 7,345 since 2000. Much of the decline is attributed to Kalaupapa, where only about 18 patients remain in the Hansen’s disease settlement.
Lanai’s population also decreased slightly from 3,139 to 3,135. Maui island’s population grew considerably from 117,644 to 144,444. That’s a decade rise of 26,800 (a 22.8 percent increase), far ahead of the 12.3 percent growth in the state’s population.
Over the last 100-plus years, the population on Molokai has shown a steady increase from 2,307 in 1896 to 7,255 today. Because Kalaupapa is located in Kalawao County, its census figures are not part of Maui County.
The change in population will in no way effect the number of representatives from Maui County, which currently hold three state Senate seats and six House of Representative seats.
Unemployment drops 3.5 percent on Molokai
Unemployment numbers comparing January of this year to January of 2010 show that the jobless rate on Molokai dropped 3.5 percent, from 15.5 percent a year ago to 12 percent. This is according to figures released by the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.
While this represents a significant drop, Molokai still has the highest unemployment rate of all the Hawaiian islands. Lanai has the lowest rate at 5.3 percent, followed by Oahu at 5.4 percent, Maui island at 7.9 percent, Kauai 8.5 percent and the Big Island at 9.3 percent.