A. Labor Force & Jobs

3rd Quarter 2021 Report

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Hawaii’s labor market conditions were all positive in the second quarter of 2021. The civilian labor force and the civilian employment both increased as civilian unemployment and the unemployment rate declined. Civilian non-agricultural wage and salary jobs also increased.

In the second quarter of 2021, the civilian labor force averaged 647,150 people, an increase of 10,200 people or 1.6 percent from the same quarter of 2020 (Table A-1). In the first half of 2021, the civilian labor force declined by 4,450 people or 0.7 percent from the same period of the previous year.

Civilian employment averaged 596,850 people in the second quarter of 2021, an increase of 83,550 people or 16.3 percent compared to the same quarter of 2020 (Table A-2). In the first half of 2021, average civilian employment increased 9,150 people or 1.6 percent from the same period of the previous year.

In the second quarter of 2021, the number of civilian unemployed averaged 50,300, a decrease of 73,350 people or 59.3 percent from the same quarter of 2020 (Table A-3). In the first half of 2021, the number of unemployed decreased 13,650 people or 19.9 percent from the same period of the previous year.

The unemployment rate (not seasonally adjusted) was 7.8 percent in the second quarter of 2021, 11.6 percentage points below the second quarter of 2020 (Table A-4). In the first half of 2021, the unemployment rate decreased 2.3 percentage points from the same period of the previous year’s 10.7 percent to 8.4 percent.

In the second quarter of 2021, Hawaii’s non-agricultural wage and salary jobs averaged 567,700 jobs, an increase of 52,300 jobs or 10.1 percent from the same quarter of 2020 (Table A-6). In the first half of 2021, average non-agricultural wage and salary jobs decreased 5.1 percent or 30,200 jobs from the same period of the previous year.

The job increase in the second quarter of 2021 was due to job increases in both the private sector and the government sector. In this quarter, the private sector added about 49,200 non-agricultural jobs compared to the second quarter of 2020. Almost all the private sector industries added jobs in the quarter. Jobs increased the most in Food Services and Drinking Places, which added 17,800 jobs or 49.6 percent (Table A-19); followed by Accommodation, which added 10,400 jobs or 60.1 percent (Table A-18), Professional & Business Services, which added 6,000 jobs or 9.5 percent (Table A-14), Retail Trade, which added 3,400 jobs or 6.1 percent (Table A-10), and Transportation, Warehousing & Utilities, which added 3,300 jobs or 13.9 percent (Table A-11) in the quarter.

The Government sector added 3,100 jobs or 2.7 percent (Table A-21) in the second quarter of 2021 compared to the same quarter of 2020. The Federal Government lost 800 jobs or 2.3 percent (Table A-22), the State Government added 3,600 jobs or 5.7 percent (Table A-23), and the Local Government added 300 jobs or 1.6 percent (Table A-24), compared to the second quarter of 2020.