A. Labor Force & Jobs

2nd Quarter 2019 Report

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Hawaii’s labor market conditions were mixed in the first quarter of 2018. Since the civilian labor force decreased less than the decrease in civilian employment, the civilian unemployment rate increased to 2.8 percent in the quarter. For the 34th consecutive quarter-over-quarter, civilian non-agricultural wage and salary jobs increased.

In the first quarter of 2019, the civilian labor force averaged 669,650 people, a decrease of 10,950 people or 1.6 percent from the same quarter of 2018 (Table A-1). In 2018, the civilian labor force declined by 4,850 people or 0.7 percent from the previous year.

Civilian employment totaled 650,700 people in the first quarter of 2019, a decrease of 14,600 people or 2.2 percent compared to the same quarter of 2018 (Table A-2). In 2018, average civilian employment decreased 4,850 people or 0.7 percent from the previous year.

In the first quarter of 2019, the number of civilian unemployed averaged 18,950, an increase of 3,650 people or 23.9 percent from the same quarter of 2018 (Table A-3). In 2018, at 16,600, the number of unemployed showed no change from the previous year.

The unemployment rate (not seasonally adjusted) increased from 2.2 percent in the first quarter of 2018 to 2.8 percent in the first quarter of 2019 (Table A-4). In 2018, at 2.4 percent, the unemployment rate showed no change from the previous year.

In the first quarter of 2019, Hawaii’s non-agricultural wage and salary jobs averaged 657,500 jobs, an increase of 2,600 jobs or 0.4 percent from the same quarter of 2018 (Table A-6). This is the 34th 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 2018, average non-agricultural wage and salary jobs increased 0.5 percent or 3,300 jobs from the previous year.

The job growth in the first quarter of 2019 was due to job increases in both the private sector and the government sector. In this quarter, the private sector added about 700 non-agricultural jobs compared to the first quarter of 2018. Jobs increased the most in Food Services and Drinking Places, adding 600 jobs or 0.9 percent (Table A-19); followed by Information, adding 500 jobs or 5.7 percent (Table A-12), Accommodation, adding 500 jobs or 1.2 percent (Table A-18), Financial Activities, adding 400 jobs or 1.4 percent (Table A-13), Natural Resources, Mining & Construction, adding 400 jobs or 1.1 percent (Table A-7), and Health Care & Social Assistance, adding 400 jobs or 0.6 percent (Table A-16) in the quarter.

For the private sector, in the first quarter of 2019, Retail Trade lost 1,100 jobs (Table A-10), Manufacturing lost 700 jobs (Table A-8), and Arts, Entertainment & Recreation lost 400 jobs (Table A-17) in the quarter.

The three levels of government added 1,900 jobs or 1.5 percent (Table A-21) in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the same quarter of 2018. The Federal Government added 500 jobs or 1.5 percent (Table A-22); State Government added 1,500 jobs or 2.0 percent (Table A-23), and Local Government added 100 jobs or 0.5 percent (Table A-24), compared to the first quarter of 2018.

The initial liable claims for unemployment, which measures the number of people who lost jobs in Hawaii and moved to other states, increased 8.1 percent in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the same quarter of 2018 (Table A-27). In 2018, the initial liable claims for unemployment decreased 8.6 percent from the previous year.