Outlook for the Economy
4th Quarter 2015
Hawaii’s economy is expected to continue positive growth for the rest of 2015 and into 2016. This outlook is based on the most recent developments in the national and global economies, the performance of Hawaii’s tourism industry, labor market conditions, and the growth of personal income and tax revenues.
Hawaii’s economy depends significantly on conditions in the U.S. economy and key international economies, especially Japan. According to the November 2015 Blue Chip Economic Consensus Forecasts, U.S. real GDP is expected to increase by 2.4 percent in 2015, 0.1 of a percentage point higher than the 2.3 percent growth rate projected in the August 2015 forecast. For 2016 the consensus forecast predicts an overall 2.6 percent growth in U.S. real GDP.
According to the November 2015 Blue Chip Economic Consensus Forecast, real GDP growth for Japan is now expected to increase 0.6 percent in 2015, 0.3 of a percentage point lower than the growth rate projected in the August 2015 forecast. For 2016, the consensus forecast now expects an overall 1.1 percent growth rate for Japanese real GDP.
For the local economy, DBEDT expects most visitor related indicators will grow at lower rates than projected in the previous forecast. For GDP growth, however, the current forecast was slightly higher than the previous forecast.
Overall, Hawaii’s economy, as measured by real GDP, is projected to show a 2.0 percent increase in 2015, 0.1 of a percentage point higher than the growth rate forecasted last quarter. The real GDP growth forecast in 2016 is 2.3 percent, same as the growth rate forecasted last quarter.
Hawaii’s unemployment rate is projected to be 3.8 percent in 2015, 0.2 of a percentage point lower than the previous forecast. The unemployment rate in 2016 is now projected to be 3.7 percent, same as the previous forecast.
Visitor arrivals are expected to increase 4.3 percent in 2015, same as the previous forecast. The forecast for visitor days in 2015 decreased 0.2 of a percentage point to 4.0 percent. The forecast for visitor expenditure growth in 2015 was revised downward to 3.2 percent, from 3.8 percent growth projected in the previous forecast. For 2016, the growth rate of visitor arrivals, visitor days, and visitor expenditures are now expected to be 1.7 percent, 1.8 percent, and 3.5 percent, respectively.
The projection for the non-agricultural wage and salary job growth rate in 2015 is 1.3 percent, 0.2 of a percentage point above the previous forecast. In 2016, jobs are projected to increase 1.2 percent, the same as the previous forecast.
The Honolulu Consumer Price Index (CPI) is now expected to increase 1.0 percent in 2015, same as the previous forecast. In 2016, the CPI is projected to increase 2.3 percent, also same as the previous forecast.
Personal income in current dollars is now expected to increase 4.5 percent in 2015, 0.2 of a percentage point above the previous forecast. Real personal income is currently projected to grow 3.6 percent in 2015, 0.1 percentage point higher than the previous forecast. In 2016, current-dollar personal income and real personal income are expected to increase 4.8 percent and 3.0 percent, respectively.
Beyond 2016, the economy is expected to continue its expansion path, with job growth projected to be 1.0 percent in 2017 and 1.1 percent in 2018. Visitor arrivals are expected to increase 1.8 percent in both 2017 and 2018. Visitor expenditures are expected to increase 4.1 percent in 2017 and 4.2 percent in 2018. Real personal income is projected to increase 2.9 percent in 2017 and 2.7 percent in 2018. Hawaii’s real GDP growth is expected to increase 2.4 percent in 2017 and 2018. The unemployment rate is expected to decrease to 3.5 percent in 2017 and 3.3 percent in 2018.
|Total population (thousands)||1,409||1,420||1,434||1,448||1,463||1,477|
|Visitor arrivals (thousands) ¹||8,174||8,308||8,661||8,807||8,962||9,120|
|Visitor days (thousands) ¹||74,942||75,646||78,665||80,043||81,480||82,942|
|Visitor expenditures (million dollars) ¹||14,521||14,943||15,417||15,964||16,620||17,313|
|Honolulu CPI-U (1982-84=100)||253.9||257.6||260.2||266.1||272.8||280.2|
|Personal income (million dollars)||62,437||65,348||68,289||71,566||75,145||78,902|
|Real personal income (millions of 2009$) ²||50,920||52,346||54,227||55,853||57,457||59,007|
|Non-agricultural wage & salary jobs (thousands)||618.6||625.3||633.4||641.0||647.4||654.6|
|Civilian unemployment rate||4.8||4.4||3.8||3.7||3.5||3.3|
|Gross domestic product (million dollars)||75,095||77,389||80,098||83,311||86,590||90,353|
|Real gross domestic product (millions of 2009$)||69,968||70,532||71,943||73,614||75,381||77,190|
|Gross domestic product deflator (2009=100)||107.3||109.7||111.3||113.2||114.9||117.1|
|Annual Percentage Change|
|Visitor arrivals ¹||1.8||1.6||4.3||1.7||1.8||1.8|
|Visitor days ¹||0.6||0.9||4.0||1.8||1.8||1.8|
|Visitor expenditures ¹||1.1||2.9||3.2||3.5||4.1||4.2|
|Real personal income ²||2.0||2.8||3.6||3.0||2.9||2.7|
|Non-agricultural wage & salary jobs||2.0||1.1||1.3||1.2||1.0||1.1|
|Civilian unemployment rate ³||-1.2||-0.4||-0.6||-0.1||-0.2||-0.1|
|Gross domestic product||3.4||3.1||3.5||4.0||3.9||4.3|
|Real gross domestic product||1.4||0.8||2.0||2.3||2.4||2.4|
|Gross domestic product deflator (2009=100)||1.9||2.2||1.5||1.6||1.5||1.9|
1/ Visitors who came to Hawaii by air or by cruise ship. Expenditures includes supplementary expenditures estimated by HTA for 2014 and DBEDT thereafter.
2/ Using personal income deflator developed by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and estimated by DBEDT.
3/ Absolute change from previous year.
Source: Hawaii State Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism, November 16, 2015.