A. Labor Force & Jobs

2nd Quarter 2018 Report

Download Labor Data Tables (spreadsheet)

Hawaii’s labor market conditions continued to improve in the first quarter of 2018.  With reduced civilian labor force and increased civilian employment, the civilian unemployment rate decreased 0.6 of a percentage point in the quarter.  For the 30th consecutive quarter-over-quarter, civilian non-agricultural wage and salary jobs increased.

In the first quarter of 2018, the civilian labor force averaged 685,800 people, a decrease of 3,400 people or 0.5 percent from the same quarter of 2017 (Table A-1).  In 2017, the civilian labor force increased 1,250 people or 0.2 percent from the previous year.

Civilian employment totaled 672,200 people in the first quarter of 2018, an increase of 1,150 people or 0.2 percent compared to the same quarter of 2017 (Table A-2).  In 2017, average civilian employment increased 5,200 people or 0.8 percent from the previous year.

In the first quarter of 2018, the number of civilian unemployed averaged 13,600, a decrease of 4,550 people or 25.1 percent from the same quarter of 2017 (Table A-3).  In 2017, the number of unemployed decreased 3,950 people or 19.6 percent from the previous year.

The unemployment rate (not seasonally adjusted) decreased from 2.6 percent in the first quarter of 2017 to 2.0 percent in the first quarter of 2018 (Table A-4).  In 2017, the unemployment rate decreased 0.5 of a percentage point from the previous year.

In the first quarter of 2018, Hawaii’s non-agricultural wage and salary jobs averaged 659,800 jobs, an increase of 8,800 jobs or 1.4 percent from the same quarter of 2017 (Table     A-6).  This is the 30th 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 1.0 percent or 6,600 jobs from the previous year.

The job growth in the first quarter of 2018 was due to job increases in the private sector. In this quarter, the private sector added about 10,300 non-agricultural jobs compared to the first quarter of 2017.  Jobs increased the most in Food Services and Drinking Places, adding 4,200 jobs or 6.1 percent (Table A-19).  This was followed by Health Care & Social Assistance, adding 2,900 jobs or 4.2 percent (Table A-16), Professional & Business Services, adding 2,100 jobs or 2.6 percent (Table A-14), Accommodation, adding 1,300 jobs or 3.2 percent (Table A-18), and Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities, adding 900 jobs or 2.8 percent (Table A-11) in the quarter.

For the private sector, in the first quarter of 2018, Retail Trade lost the most jobs, 1,000 jobs or 1.4 percent (Table A-10); followed by Educational Services which lost 300 jobs or 2.1 percent (Table A-15) in the quarter.

The three levels of government lost 1,500 jobs or 1.2 percent (Table A-21) in the first quarter of 2018 compared to the same quarter of 2017.  The Federal Government jobs were unchanged (Table A-22); State Government lost 1,700 jobs or 2.2 percent (Table A-23), while Local Government added 200 jobs or 1.1 percent (Table A-24), compared to the first 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 19.1 percent in the first quarter of 2018 compared to the same quarter of 2017 (Table A-27). In 2017, the initial liable claims for unemployment decreased 11.2 percent from the previous year.