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Statewide Employment Projected to Expand by 5.6%

October 13, 2016, 4:00 PM HST
* Updated October 13, 2:22 PM
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The Hawai‘i Department of Labor & Industrial Relations’ Research & Statistics Office today announced the release of “Employment Projections for Industries and Occupations, 2014-2024.”

R&S projects that 10 out of the 12 major industrial sectors will increase, with the largest numerical expansion in industries that employ the most workers.

The smallest industry division, Natural Resources and Mining, is expected to lose workers primarily due to a drop in Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting. Anticipated losses at the federal level because of increased pressure to reduce the budget deficit will offset gains at the state and county levels in Government.

Anticipated losses at the federal level because of increased pressure to reduce the budget deficit will offset gains at the state and county levels in Government.

Industry Growth Rates, State of Hawaii, 2014-2024
 

Industry Title

Employment Change Avg. Ann.

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Change

2014 2024 Net Percent
Total All Industries 696,390 735,180 38,790 5.6% 0.6%
Natural Resources and Mining 6,530 6,150 -390 -5.9% -0.6%
Construction 31,560 36,090 4,520 14.3% 1.4%
Manufacturing 13,870 14,090 230 1.6% 0.2%
Trade, Transportation, and Utilities 117,470 123,580 6,110 5.2% 0.5%
Information 8,440 8,680 240 2.8% 0.3%
Financial Activities 26,980 27,980 1,000 3.7% 0.4%
Professional and Business Services 82,030 87,590 5,560 6.8% 0.7%
Education and Health Services* 133,260 145,430 12,170 9.1% 0.9%
Leisure and Hospitality 113,030 118,700 5,660 5.0% 0.5%
Other Services (except Government) 25,040 26,000 960 3.8% 0.4%
Government* 74,180 73,950 -230 -0.3% 0.0%
Self Employed and Unpaid Family Workers, All Jobs 63,990 66,950 2,950 4.6% 0.5%
*State Education and Hospitals are excluded from Government and included in Education and Health Services. Totals may not add due to rounding to the nearest ten.
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Jobs added by the three largest industries will provide the largest numerical gains.

Education and Health Services, the state’s largest industry, will add the most number of jobs with the pickup of 12,170 jobs or almost one-third of the total statewide increase.

The Trade, Transportation and Utilities industry will follow with an increase of 6,110, while Leisure and Hospitality will expand by 5,660 positions.

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The Construction industry will provide the largest percentage gain (+14.3%) among all industries as the ongoing construction of the rail transit project as well as the development of residential condominium units boosts this industry upward.

Occupational Employment and Growth, State of Hawaii, 2014-2024
 

Occupation

Employment Change Average Annual Openings
2014 2024 Net Percent Growth Replace-ment Total
Total, All Occupations 696,390 735,180 38,790 5.6% 4,300 16,640 20,950
Management 61,610 64,370 2,750 4.5% 280 1,290 1,570
Business  & Financial Operations 27,520 28,990 1,480 5.4% 160 550 710
Computer  & Mathematical 9,880 10,880 1,000 10.2% 100 140 240
Architecture  & Engineering 9,990 10,280 280 2.8% 40 240 280
Life, Physical,  & Social Science 7,890 8,310 420 5.3% 50 210 260
Community  & Social Service 11,700 12,680 980 8.4% 100 250 350
Legal 4,750 4,930 180 3.8% 20 90 100
Education, Training,  & Library 46,820 49,740 2,920 6.2% 290 960 1,250
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports,  & Media 12,070 12,680 610 5.1% 70 300 370
Healthcare Practitioners  & Technical 30,270 33,590 3,320 11.0% 340 660 990
Healthcare Support 18,190 21,110 2,910 16.0% 290 370 660
Protective Service 22,720 23,560 840 3.7% 90 490 570
Food Preparation  & Serving Related 77,680 81,690 4,010 5.2% 450 2,970 3,410
Building  & Grounds Cleaning  & Maintenance 45,360 47,850 2,490 5.5% 250 930 1,180
Personal Care  & Service 22,540 24,740 2,200 9.8% 220 520 750
Sales  & Related 68,960 72,590 3,630 5.3% 380 2,090 2,480
Office  & Administrative Support 92,690 93,230 540 0.6% 290 1,870 2,160
Farming, Fishing,  & Forestry 5,220 4,940 -280 -5.3% ** 140 140
Construction  & Extraction 36,170 40,130 3,970 11.0% 400 530 930
Installation, Maintenance,  & Repair 25,440 26,960 1,510 5.9% 160 590 750
Production 16,580 16,880 300 1.8% 60 360 420
Transportation  & Material Moving 42,330 45,050 2,720 6.4% 280 1,100 1,380
Totals may not add due to rounding to the nearest ten.

Occupational growth is projected for 21 of the 22 major occupational sectors through 2024.

Reflecting the demands of an aging population, healthcare support occupations will outpace all occupational groups, with the highest anticipated growth rate of 16%.

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations, along with construction and extraction occupations, will provide the next fastest growth of 11%.

Food preparation and serving-related occupations will generate the greatest numerical job increase (4,010), followed closely by construction and extraction occupations (3,970).

Food preparation and serving related occupations, based on the continued strength of the tourism market, will also produce the most annual openings. This includes growth opportunities as well as replacement needs.

Sales and related occupations and office and administrative support occupations are also anticipated to generate numerous job openings.

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