Hawaii Has Most Jobs Seekers per Job Opening
by Andrew Walden
The US Bureau of Labor Stistics, October 22, 2021, reports Hawaii job openings decreased from 46,000 in July, 2021, to 34,000 in August, 2021, as Governor Ige asked tourists to stop coming.
The Orange County Register, October 23, 2021, says Hawaii has the highest ratio of job seekers to jobs in the USA:
…there were 130 California job hunters for every 100 openings in August. Only job seekers in Hawaii faced tougher competition for work among the states by this yardstick….
California (and) seven other states including Connecticut, New York, Illinois, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada and aforementioned Hawaii have more job seekers than openings. All have unemployment rates above 7% vs. the nation’s 5.4% for August….
Business Insider, October 22, 2021, reports on the number of months from September 2021 until states could reach pre-pandemic employment:
Number of months: 77 months (worst in USA)
Change in nonfarm payrolls from February 2020: −86,300
Average three-month job growth: 1,133.33
Meanwhile restaurants--which had reduced hiring in August--are again reporting difficulty in filling positions going in to the Holiday season.