A. Labor Force & Jobs

3rd Quarter 2018 Report

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Hawaii’s labor market conditions continued to improve in the second quarter of 2018. Since the civilian labor force increased less than the increase in civilian employment, the civilian unemployment rate decreased 0.4 of a percentage point in the quarter. For the 31st consecutive quarter-over-quarter, civilian non-agricultural wage and salary jobs increased.

In the second quarter of 2018, the civilian labor force averaged 688,900 people, an increase of 1,300 people or 0.2 percent from the same quarter of 2017 (Table A-1). In the first half of 2018, the civilian labor force decreased 1,000 people or 0.1 percent from the same period of the previous year.

Civilian employment totaled 673,650 people in the second quarter of 2018, an increase of 3,700 people or 0.6 percent compared to the same quarter of 2017 (Table A-2). In the first half of 2018, average civilian employment increased 2,450 people or 0.4 percent from the same period of the previous year.

In the second quarter of 2018, the number of civilian unemployed averaged 15,250, a decrease of 2,400 people or 13.6 percent from the same quarter of 2017 (Table A-3). In the first half of 2018, the number of unemployed decreased 3,450 people or 19.3 percent from the same period of the previous year.

The unemployment rate (not seasonally adjusted) decreased from 2.6 percent in the second quarter of 2017 to 2.2 percent in the second quarter of 2018 (Table A-4). In the first half of 2018, the unemployment rate decreased 0.5 of a percentage point from the same period of the previous year.

In the second quarter of 2018, Hawaii’s non-agricultural wage and salary jobs averaged 663,600 jobs, an increase of 11,100 jobs or 1.7 percent from the same quarter of 2017 (Table A-6). This is the 31st 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 the first half of 2018, average non-agricultural wage and salary jobs increased 1.5 percent or 10,100 jobs from the same period of the previous year.

The job growth in the second quarter of 2018 was due to job increases in the private sector. In this quarter, the private sector added about 12,000 non-agricultural jobs compared to the second quarter of 2017. Jobs increased the most in Food Services and Drinking Places, adding 4,400 jobs or 6.4 percent (Table A-19). This was followed by Health Care & Social Assistance, adding 3,200 jobs or 4.6 percent (Table A-16), Professional & Business Services, adding 2,200 jobs or 2.7 percent (Table A-14), Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities, adding 800 jobs or 2.5 percent (Table A-11), Wholesale Trade, adding 700 jobs or 3.9 percent, and Accommodation, adding 700 jobs or 1.7 percent (Table A-18) in the quarter.

For the private sector, in the second quarter of 2018, Information (Table A-12) and Retail Trade (Table A-10) each lost 400 jobs; followed by Manufacturing which lost 300 jobs (Table A-8) in the quarter.

The three levels of government lost 900 jobs or 0.7 percent (Table A-21) in the second quarter of 2018 compared to the same quarter of 2017. The Federal Government added 100 jobs or 0.3 percent (Table A-22); State Government lost 1,400 jobs or 1.8 percent (Table A-23), while Local Government added 400 jobs or 2.1 percent (Table A-24), compared to the second quarter of 2017.

The initial liable claims for unemployment, which measures the number of people who lost jobs in Hawaii and moved to other states, decreased 9.8 percent in the second quarter of 2018 compared to the same quarter of 2017 (Table A-27). In the first half of 2018, the initial liable claims for unemployment decreased 14.6 percent from the same period of the previous year.