County Economic Conditions

2nd Quarter 2017 Report

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Overall economic conditions were positive across the counties in the first quarter of 2017.  The unemployment rate decreased and total non-agricultural wage and salary jobs increased in all counties. Total visitor arrivals by air and visitor expenditures increased in all counties. The value of private building permits increased in all counties.

In the first quarter of 2017, the unemployment rate in all counties decreased. The unemployment rate in Honolulu decreased 0.2 of a percentage point from 2.8 percent to 2.6 percent; the unemployment rate in Maui County decreased 0.2 of a percentage point from 3.3 percent to 3.1 percent; the unemployment rate in Hawaii County decreased 0.5 of a percentage point from 3.8 percent to 3.3 percent; and the unemployment rate in Kauai County decreased 0.5 of a percentage point from 3.5 percent to 3.0 percent.

In the first quarter of 2017, Honolulu gained 4,000 or 0.8 percent of non-agricultural wage and salary jobs over the same quarter of 2016.  Food Services & Drinking Places added the most jobs (1,700 jobs), followed by Accommodation (800 jobs), Information (700 jobs), Retail Trade (700 jobs), and Professional & Business Services (500 jobs).  The Government sector added 800 jobs.  The largest private sector job losses occurred in Natural Resources, Mining, and Construction (800 jobs lost).

In the first quarter of 2017, Hawaii County added 200 non-agricultural wage and salary jobs or 0.3 percent over the same quarter of 2016.  Food Services and Drinking Places added the most jobs (500 jobs), followed by Retail Trade (200 jobs), and Manufacturing (200 jobs).  The largest private sector job losses occurred in Arts, Entertainment & Recreation (200 jobs lost), and Professional &
Business Services (200 jobs lost).  The Government sector lost 100 jobs.

Maui County saw a net gain of 1,000 jobs or a 1.3 percent increase in the first quarter of 2017 over the same quarter of 2016. Jobs gained the most in Arts, Entertainment & Recreation (500 jobs), followed by Natural Resources, Mining, and Construction (200 jobs).  The largest private sector job losses occurred in Accommodation (200 jobs lost).  Government added 100 jobs in the quarter.

In the first quarter of 2017, Kauai County gained 100 wage and salary jobs or 0.3 percent from the same quarter of 2016.  Food Services and Drinking Places added the most (200 jobs) in the quarter.  The largest private sector job losses occurred in Arts, Entertainment and Recreation (200 jobs lost).  Government job was unchanged in the quarter.

In the first quarter of 2017, visitor arrivals by air increased in all counties and visitor days increased in all counties, except Maui.  Visitor arrivals by air increased 2.5 percent in Honolulu, 1.0 percent in Maui, 11.2 percent in Hawaii County, and 5.6 percent in Kauai.  Visitor days increased 3.5 percent in Honolulu, 6.9 percent in Hawaii County, 2.1 percent in Kauai, and decreased 0.6 percent in Maui compared to the same quarter of 2016.

In the first quarter of 2017, private building permits increased in all counties.  Honolulu increased $286.4 million or 83.9 percent, Maui County increased $35.3 million or 38.3 percent, Hawaii County increased $32.8 million or 36.4 percent, and Kauai County (only residential available) increased $7.3 million or 33.6 percent from the same quarter of the previous year.