A. Labor Force & Jobs

4th Quarter 2022 Report

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Hawaii’s labor market conditions were mostly positive in the third quarter of 2022. The civilian labor force and civilian employment increased, while the civilian unemployment and the unemployment rate decreased. Civilian non-agricultural wage and salary jobs increased.

In the third quarter of 2022, the civilian labor force averaged 676,800 people, an increase of 3,800 people or 0.6 percent from the same quarter of 2021 (Table A-1). In the first three quarters of 2022, the civilian labor force increased 7,300 people or 1.1 percent from the same period of the previous year.

Civilian employment averaged 652,650 people in the third quarter of 2022, an increase of 16,600 people or 2.6 percent compared to the same quarter of 2021 (Table A-2). In the first three quarters of 2022, average civilian employment increased 22,850 people or 3.7 percent from the same period of the previous year.

In the third quarter of 2022, the number of civilian unemployed averaged 24,150, a decrease of 12,850 people or 34.7 percent from the same quarter of 2021 (Table A-3). In the first three quarters of 2022, the number of unemployed decreased 15,550 people or 38.6 percent from the same period of the previous year.

The unemployment rate (not seasonally adjusted) was 3.6 percent in the third quarter of 2022, 1.9 percentage points below the third quarter of 2021 (Table A-4). In the first three quarters of 2022, the unemployment rate decreased 2.4 percentage points from the previous year’s 6.1 percent to 3.7 percent.

In the third quarter of 2022, Hawaii’s non-agricultural wage and salary jobs averaged 609,000 jobs, an increase of 16,400 jobs or 2.8 percent from the same quarter of 2021 (Table A-6). In the first three quarters of 2022, average non-agricultural wage and salary jobs increased 4.6 percent or 26,700 jobs from the same period of the previous year.

The job increase in the third quarter of 2022 was mainly due to job increases in the private sector. In this quarter, the private sector added about 15,600 non-agricultural jobs compared to the third quarter of 2021. Most of the private sector industries added jobs in the quarter. Jobs increased the most in Food Services and Drinking Places, which added 6,700 jobs or 11.2 percent (Table A-19); followed by Accommodation, which added 5,500 jobs or 16.7 percent (Table A-18), Professional & Business Services, which added 2,400 jobs or 3.5 percent (Table A-14), Educational Services, which added 1,000 jobs or 7.9 percent (Table A-15), and Other Services, which added 900 jobs or 3.6 percent (Table A-20), in the quarter.

The Government sector added 800 jobs or 0.7 percent (Table A-21) in the third quarter of 2022 compared to the same quarter of 2021. The Federal Government added 400 jobs or 1.1 percent (Table A-22), the State Government added 400 jobs or 0.6 percent (Table A-23), and the Local Government jobs remained the same (Table A-24), compared to the third quarter of 2021.

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