A. Labor Force & Jobs

1st Quarter 2018 Report

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 Hawaii’s labor market conditions continued to improve in the fourth quarter of 2017.  Since the civilian labor force decreased more than the civilian employment, the civilian unemployment rate decreased 0.9 of a percentage point in the quarter.  For the 29th consecutive quarter-over-quarter, civilian non-agricultural wage and salary jobs increased.

In the fourth quarter of 2017, the civilian labor force averaged 681,900 people, a decrease of 8,450 people or 1.2 percent from the same quarter of 2016 (Table A-1).  In 2017, the civilian labor force increased 4,800 people or 0.7 percent from the previous year.

Civilian employment totaled 669,050 people in the fourth quarter of 2017, a decrease of 2,000 people or 0.3 percent compared to the same quarter of 2016 (Table A-2).  In 2017, average civilian employment increased 8,250 people or 1.2 percent from the previous year.

In the fourth quarter of 2017, the number of civilian unemployed averaged 12,850, a decrease of 6,450 people or 33.4 percent from the same quarter of 2016 (Table A-3).  In 2017, the number of unemployed decreased 3,450 people or 16.7 percent from the previous year.

The unemployment rate (not seasonally adjusted) decreased from 2.8 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016 to 1.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2017 (Table A-4).  In 2017, the unemployment rate decreased 0.5 of a percentage point from the previous year.

In the fourth quarter of 2017, Hawaii’s non-agricultural wage and salary jobs averaged 664,500 jobs, an increase of 7,600 jobs or 1.2 percent from the same quarter of 2016 (Table     A-6).  This is the 29th 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 2017, average non-agricultural wage and salary jobs increased 1.1 percent or 7,200 jobs from the previous year.

The job growth in the fourth quarter of 2017 was due to job increases in the private sector. In this quarter, the private sector added about 9,700 non-agricultural jobs compared to the fourth quarter of 2016.  Jobs increased the most in Professional & Business Services, adding 2,800 jobs or 3.3 percent (Table A-14).  This was followed by Health Care & Social Assistance, adding 2,100 jobs or 3.1 percent (Table A-16), Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities, adding 1,500 jobs or 4.7 percent (Table A-11), Accommodation, adding 1,500 jobs or 3.8 percent (Table A-18), Food Services and Drinking Places, adding 1,300 jobs or 1.9 percent (Table A-19), Retail Trade, adding 1,200 jobs or 1.7 percent (Table A-10), and Natural Resources, Mining and Construction, adding 1,000 jobs or 2.7 percent (Table A-7) in the quarter.

For the private sector, in the fourth quarter of 2017, Wholesale Trade, lost the most jobs, 1,000 jobs or 5.5 percent (Table A-9); followed by Manufacturing which lost 100 jobs or 0.7 percent (Table A-8) in the quarter.

The three levels of government lost 2,100 jobs or 1.6 percent (Table A-21) in the fourth quarter of 2017 compared to the same quarter of 2016.  The Federal Government added 100 jobs or 0.3 percent (Table A-22); State Government lost 2,300 jobs or 3.0 percent (Table A-23), while Local Government added 200 jobs or 1.1 percent (Table A-24), compared to the fourth 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 21.3 percent in the fourth quarter of 2017 compared to the same quarter of 2016 (Table      A-27). In 2017, the initial liable claims for unemployment decreased 11.2 percent from the previous year.