A. Labor Force & Jobs

3rd Quarter 2017 Report

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Hawaii’s labor market conditions continued to improve in the second quarter of 2017.  Since the civilian labor force increased less than the civilian employment, the civilian unemployment rate decreased 0.3 of a percentage point in the quarter.  For the 27th consecutive quarter-over-quarter, civilian non-agricultural wage and salary jobs increased.

In the second quarter of 2017, the civilian labor force averaged 694,450 people, an increase of 11,300 people or 1.7 percent from the same quarter of 2016 (Table A-1).  In the first half of 2017, the civilian labor force increased 13,125 people or 1.9 percent from the same period of the previous year.

Civilian employment totaled 674,500 people in the second quarter of 2017, an increase of 13,250 people or 2.0 percent compared to the same quarter of 2016 (Table A-2).  This is the 19th quarter-over-quarter increase.  In the first half of 2017, average civilian employment increased 14,825 people or 2.2 percent from the same period of the previous year.

In the second quarter of 2017, the number of civilian unemployed averaged 19,900, a decrease of 2,000 people or 9.1 percent from the same quarter of 2016 (Table A-3).  In the first half of 2017, the number of unemployed decreased 1,750 people or 8.2 percent from the same period of the previous year.

The unemployment rate (not seasonally adjusted) decreased from 3.2 percent in the second quarter of 2016 to 2.9 percent in the second quarter of 2017 (Table A-4).  In the first half of 2017, the unemployment rate decreased 0.3 of a percentage point from the same period of the previous year.

In the second quarter of 2017, Hawaii’s non-agricultural wage and salary jobs averaged 654,400 jobs, an increase of 8,800 jobs or 1.4 percent from the same quarter of 2016 (Table A-6).  This is the 27th 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 2017, average non-agricultural wage and salary jobs increased 1.1 percent or 7,200 jobs from the same period of the previous year.

The job increase in the second quarter of 2017 was due to job increases in both the private sector and government sector. In this quarter, the private sector added about 8,000 non-agricultural jobs compared to the second quarter of 2016.  Jobs increased the most in Food Services and Drinking Places, adding 2,800 jobs or 4.3 percent (Table   A-19).  This was followed by Retail Trade, adding 2,700 jobs or 3.7 percent (Table A-10), Accommodation, adding 1,000 jobs or 2.5 percent (Table A-18), Educational Services, adding 900 jobs or 6.0 percent (Table A-15), and Professional & Business Services, adding 900 jobs or 1.1 percent (Table A-14) in the quarter.

For the private sector, in the second quarter of 2017, jobs lost the most in Health Care & Social Assistance, lost 500 jobs or 0.7 percent (Table A-16); followed by Manufacturing, lost 400 jobs or 2.9 percent (Table A-8), Wholesale Trade, lost 300 jobs or 1.7 percent (Table A-9) and Natural Resources, Mining and Construction, lost 300 jobs or 0.8 percent (Table A-7) in the quarter.

The three levels of government added 800 jobs or 0.6 percent (Table A-21) in the second quarter of 2017 compared to the same quarter of 2016.  The Federal Government added 200 jobs or 0.6 percent (Table A-22); State Government added 700 jobs or 0.9 percent (Table A-23), while Local Government lost 100 jobs or 0.5 percent (Table  A-24), compared to the second quarter of 2016.

The initial liable claims for unemployment, which measures the number of people who lost jobs in Hawaii and moved to other states, decreased 8.9 percent in the second quarter of 2017 compared to the same quarter of 2016 (Table      A-27). In the first half of 2017, the initial liable claims for unemployment decreased 3.8 percent from the same period of the previous year.