COVID-19 & Hawaii’s Economy

To monitor Hawaii’s economic conditions during the COVID-19 outbreak, DBEDT put together this dashboard to compile the most recent economic data. Readers can go to each section to see more detailed and historical data.

DBEDT has produced a brief report on how the pandemic has affected the labor market in Hawaii:
Hawaii’s Labor Market Impact During COVID-19 Acrobat file

DBEDT has produced a report on the economically vulnerable populations in Hawaii:
COVID-19 and the Economically Vulnerable Populations in Hawaii Acrobat file

Additionally, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Census Bureau has created two experimental, short-term surveys to help evaluate the effects of business closures and stay-at-home orders in the United States.
Click here to see the results from the Business and Household Pulse Survey for Hawaii.

DBEDT/READ collected daily inter-island passenger data between April 1 and June 13, 2020. Since June 14, 2020, the 14-day quarantine for inter-island travel was lifted and a new passenger form has been implemented by the Department of Health (DOH) and the data collection function has been taken over by DOH. Data between 4/1-5/29/2020 can be downloaded here (Excel Spreadsheet).

Weekly Economic Dashboard

DBEDT/READ has created a dashboard to track COVID-19 cases and economic activities at the county level. The dashboard is updated weekly and is available every Friday.
Click here for previous dashboards

Covid Economic Dashboard 4-9

Daily Visitor Arrival Updates, Weekly Unemployment, and Monthly Job Changes, Bankruptcy Filings, and Tax Revenue

Daily Passengers to Hawaii
As of April 9
Daily Visitor Arrivals to Hawaii
As of April 9
Domestic Passenger Count Comparison – 2019-2021
As of April 9
International Passenger Count Comparison – 2019-2021
As of April 9
Summary of Overseas Passenger Count Growth, Y-T-D, 2019 vs. 2021*
April – last updated April 9

Total Domestic Int’l Japan Other int’l
State -29.9% -10.7% -96.5% -98.4% -93.5%
Oahu -14.5%
Hawaii 1.2%
Maui 7.2%
Kauai -63.3%

*By March 26, 2020, total arrivals had fallen to below 1,000 per day; the number of arrivals on April 1, 2021 exceeded the total number of arrivals in all of April 2020. Accordingly, 2020 comparisons hold little value, and 2021 arrivals are compared with 2019 arrivals.

Int’l = international

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims25
Week Ending 4/3/2021

 
State/
county
This week Year-to-date
2021 2020 2019 Percent change, ’21-’20 Percent change, ’21-’19 2021 2020 2019
State 4,602 53,112 1,299 -91% 254% 53,203 124,973 18,124
Honolulu 2,913 30,958 823 -91% 254% 33,319 72,083 11,140
Hawaii 540 7,063 211 -92% 156% 6,604 16,802 3,187
Maui 593 10,394 158 -94% 275% 7,343 25,386 2,372
Kauai 437 4,476 71 -90% 516% 3,831 9,999 1,079
Agent* 119 221 36 -46% 231% 2,106 703 346

*Agent claims are filed in Hawaii against another state.

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims – 2019 vs. 2020
Week Ending 4/3/2021
Change in Jobs – February 2020 vs. February 2021
Bankruptcy Filings, All Chapters – 2018 to 2021
General Fund Tax Revenue – 2016 to 2020