Working for America
State Workforce Development Board
Workforce Development Council
James Hardway, Executive Director
Department of Labor and Industrial Relations
830 Punchbowl St. #417
Honolulu, HI 96813
Key Workforce Priorities
- Improve the delivery of timely education and training to prepare current and future workers for high skill occupations.
- Focus more attention on upgrading the skills of incumbent workers.
- Expand the labor pool in the face of a long term labor shortage.
- Address the need for workforce housing.
- Hawaii has one of the fastest growing populations of people over 65, which will grow by 78% by 2030 at which time they will constitute 20% of the population. There are numerous shortages in long term care occupations in facilities, which due to an increase in home-based care are now receiving patients who are much sicker and require higher levels of care.
- Survey results from the LMI Improvement Grant initiative shows that while “green jobs” constituted 2.4% of total private employment in 2009. Between 2010 and 2012, greens are expected to increase by 26% or 2.9% of total employment.
- The average unemployment rate in 2007 was 2.7%, but rose quickly to 4.0% in 2008 and 6.8% in 2009. While still low by national standards, there was higher unemployment on the neighbor island counties of Hawaii, Maui and Kauai of 9.7%, 8.6% and 9.3% respectively, while Honolulu County remained lower at 5.7%. Due to the high cost of inter-island travel, there is limited mobility for many residents in neighbor island counties to obtain employment in Honolulu County (Oahu).
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