A. Labor Force & Jobs

2nd Quarter 2020 Report

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Hawaii’s labor market conditions were mostly positive in the first quarter of 2019. Since the civilian labor force increased slightly less than the increase in civilian employment, the civilian unemployment rate decreased slightly in the quarter. For the 38th consecutive quarter-over-quarter, civilian non-agricultural wage and salary jobs increased.

Note: The survey data for the reference week ending March 14 used to develop the March 2020 Hawaii labor market statistics precedes, and therefore does not reflect, the economic impacts being experienced now due to the spread of COVID-19 in Hawaii.

In the first quarter of 2020, the civilian labor force averaged 670,050 people, an increase of 4,050 people or 0.6 percent from the same quarter of 2019 (Table A-1). In 2019, the civilian labor force declined by 10,200 people or 1.5 percent from the previous year.

Civilian employment totaled 652,700 people in the first quarter of 2020, an increase of 5,000 people or 0.8 percent compared to the same quarter of 2019 (Table A-2). In the 2019, average civilian employment decreased 11,250 people or 1.7 percent from the previous year.

In the first quarter of 2020, the number of civilian unemployed averaged 17,350, a decrease of 950 people or 5.2 percent from the same quarter of 2019 (Table A-3). In 2019, the number of unemployed increased 1,100 people or 6.5 percent from the previous year.

The unemployment rate (not seasonally adjusted) was 2.6 percent in the first quarter of 2020, 0.2 of a percentage point below the first quarter of 2019 (Table A-4). In 2019, the
unemployment rate increased 0.2 of a percentage point from the previous year to 2.7 percent.

In the first quarter of 2020, Hawaii’s non-agricultural wage and salary jobs averaged 657,700 jobs, an increase of 200 jobs or less than 0.1 percent from the same quarter of 2019 (Table A-6). This is the 38th consecutive quarter-over-quarter increase in non-agricultural wage and salary jobs after ten consecutive quarter-over-quarter decreases in jobs since the second quarter of 2008. In 2019, average non-agricultural wage and salary jobs decreased 0.4 percent or 2,600 jobs from the previous year.

The job growth in the first quarter of 2020 was due to job increases in the government sector. In this quarter, the private sector lost about 700 non-agricultural jobs compared to the first quarter of 2019. Jobs increased the most in Food Services and Drinking Places, adding 800 jobs or 1.1 percent (Table A-19); followed by Natural Resources, Mining & Construction, adding 700 jobs or 1.9 percent (Table A-7), Transportation, Warehousing & Utilities, adding 600 jobs or 1.8 percent (Table A-11), and Health Care & Social Assistance, adding 600 jobs or 0.8 percent (Table A-16) in the quarter.

For the private sector, in the first quarter of 2020, Retail Trade lost 1,600 jobs or 2.2 percent (Table A-10), and Information lost 800 jobs or 8.7 percent (Table A-12) in the quarter.

Government added 900 jobs or 0.7 percent (Table A-21) in the first quarter of 2020 compared to the same quarter of 2019. The Federal Government added 600 jobs or 1.8 percent (Table A-22), State Government added 200 jobs or 0.3 percent (Table A-23), and Local Government lost 100 jobs or 0.5 percent (Table A-24), compared to the first quarter of 2019.