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Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Hawaii Needs Emergency Economic CPR
By Video @ 9:09 PM :: 586 Views :: Economy

... Hawaii has seen two of it’s top three economic “pillars” collapse over the past two decades ....

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Sunday, February 7, 2021
What Are They Thinking?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 947 Views :: Economy, Taxes

"... At the Legislature, committee hearings have begun in earnest and it doesn’t seem at all like we are in an economic crisis ...."

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Friday, February 5, 2021
COVID Restrictions Correlate With Unemployment
By Selected News Articles @ 3:51 AM :: 774 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

... but not so much with Corona Virus rates ....

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Thursday, January 28, 2021
Best Areas for STEM Professionals--Honolulu 81st
By News Release @ 12:53 AM :: 666 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics

... Honolulu ranks 92nd in STEM-friendliness, 97th in Professional Opportunities, and dead last in STEM wages ....

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Monday, January 25, 2021
State of State: Ige Punts Tax Hike to Legislature
By Video @ 6:16 PM :: 897 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... House speaker calls Ige’s State of the State address ‘risk averse’ ....

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Saturday, January 23, 2021
Rental Market: Troubling Signs Remain As State Prepares for an Uncertain 2021
By UHERO @ 12:54 AM :: 980 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living, COVID-19

... UHERO second quarterly survey of rental property owners and managers ....

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021
DBEDT: Hawaii Defense Spending Outlook Report
By News Release @ 1:59 AM :: 824 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Military

... SWOT Analysis and Action Plan Identify Challenges and Opportunities for Economic Growth ....

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Friday, January 8, 2021
How to Put Hawaii Back on Road to Prosperity
By Audio @ 11:00 AM :: 854 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

... Hawaii's economy was in trouble before the coronavirus lockdowns ....

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Friday, January 1, 2021
I can see clearly now
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:29 PM :: 865 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

... I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for a fresh start ....

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Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Why so many people are leaving Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:04 AM :: 2202 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics

... Hawaii’s population has been declining over the past four years ....

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Sunday, December 27, 2020
Trump signs stimulus bill
By Ed Case @ 10:12 PM :: 1264 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

... Magic Money from the Sky: Hawaii Getting $1.7B from New COVID 'Stimulus' ....

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Thursday, December 24, 2020
The best Christmas gift? Freedom
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:20 PM :: 506 Views :: Economy

... If only it were possible to fill a stocking with economic freedom and leave lots of new jobs under the tree .... 

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Thursday, December 24, 2020
‘We are going through one of the worst financial crises the state has ever faced’
By Audio @ 8:15 PM :: 868 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... steps state officials could take to turn things around ....

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Hawaii has third-fastest population decline in nation
By News Release @ 12:59 AM :: 2614 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics

... The number of people leaving in fiscal 2020 was almost 5 times what local economic researchers were predicting just weeks ago ....

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Thursday, December 17, 2020
UHERO pushes for rental assistance to continue in 2021
By UHERO @ 11:36 PM :: 649 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

...more free money from the sky....

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Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Ranking State Unemployment Insurance Taxes
By Tax Foundation @ 9:10 PM :: 675 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

... Hawaii ranks 25th ....

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Monday, December 14, 2020
55.6% of DHHL direct mortgage borrowers fall behind
By News Release @ 6:25 PM :: 737 Views :: DHHL, Economy, COVID-19

... DHHL has extended the postponement of mortgage loan payments for all DHHL direct loans and loans assigned to the Department for an additional three-month period, through March 31, 2021 ....

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Friday, December 11, 2020
UHERO: Vaccines promise 2021 growth
By UHERO @ 6:05 PM :: 689 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

... Annual Hawaii Forecast With Global Outlook: Mainland COVID-19 surge means a bleak winter, but vaccines promise 2021 growth ....

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Tuesday, December 8, 2020
A Better Way to Help Hawaii's Unemployed
By Video @ 3:06 AM :: 757 Views :: Economy, Labor, Small Business

... Hawaii’s unemployment insurance system is in crisis, with stalled payments, rampant fraud, and massive debt leading to higher taxes ....

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Sunday, December 6, 2020
Maui County Has The Highest Jobless Rate In America
By Selected News Articles @ 9:14 PM :: 1346 Views :: Maui County, Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... With a population with a strong demographic base, what has happened to the job situation which makes it so high? The answer in a word is “tourism” ....

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Sunday, December 6, 2020
Tale of the Tape
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1110 Views :: Economy, Taxes, COVID-19

...“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.”....

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Friday, December 4, 2020
DBEDT: Federal Handouts, Tourism Reopening Improve Economy
By News Release @ 8:50 PM :: 686 Views :: Economy

"The improvements ... are mainly attributed to the federal government assistance programs and the starting of the pre-travel testing program for trans-Pacific passengers."

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Unemployment Tax Blues
By Video @ 10:31 PM :: 1049 Views :: Economy, Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

...the looming massive increase in the state’s unemployment insurance tax....

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Friday, November 20, 2020
October: Hawaii highest unemployment in USA, 14.3%
By News Release @ 6:17 PM :: 878 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...The largest percentage decline in non-farm payroll occurred in Hawaii (-17.3 percent)....

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Thursday, November 19, 2020
‘A massive tidal wave is going to hit Hawaii businesses next year’
By Video @ 12:24 PM :: 1859 Views :: Economy, Small Business, COVID-19

“Just when you thought we’re sort of getting back to some system of normalcy — not the case!”

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Monday, November 16, 2020
32,000 New Restaurant Cards go to PUA
By News Release @ 5:03 PM :: 1374 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

...32,000 eligible PUA individuals will receive a preloaded, prepaid card containing $500 in the mail beginning November 20....

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Monday, November 16, 2020
State unemployment tax slated to automatically triple in 2021
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:52 AM :: 1580 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business, COVID-19

...Failure to address the legally required increase could discourage employers from hiring back employees after the lockdowns....

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Saturday, November 14, 2020
Today is your lucky day!
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:53 PM :: 773 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

... to get right to the heart of what it means to have a healthy economy ....

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Friday, November 13, 2020
Federal aid is not the cure
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:09 PM :: 826 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

...to bail out Hawaii's politicians at the local level, who have been doing little during our prolonged coronavirus lockdowns to trim the state's extravagant spending, despite the collapse of the state's private sector and evaporation of its tax stream....

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Monday, November 9, 2020
Hawaii's economy after the lockdowns
By Video @ 10:31 PM :: 805 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

...As lockdowns are gradually lifted, what is the pathway to restoring Hawaii's economy?....

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Saturday, November 7, 2020
DBEDT: International Students Contribute $381M to Economy in 2019
By News Release @ 9:48 PM :: 757 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education

... $381.2 million in economic output generated, including direct, indirect, and induced effects ....

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Monday, October 26, 2020
Hawaii gets 13 more weeks of unemployment
By News Release @ 11:19 PM :: 1274 Views :: Economy, Labor, COVID-19

... Federal-State Extended benefits begin Tuesday, Oct. 27 for Hawaii workers who have exhausted their state and federal jobless benefits ....

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Friday, October 16, 2020
UHERO: Pandemic upends economic analysis
By UHERO @ 6:16 PM :: 841 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

... because the state GDP data is released with a three-month lag and undergoes many revisions after its release ....

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Thursday, October 15, 2020
COVID: Hawaii debt increases by $9 billion
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:12 PM :: 1047 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

...Hawaii’s unfunded liabilities for infrastructure and public health benefits have increased so far this year to $97 billion....

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Saturday, October 10, 2020
27,000 Hawaii workers exhausted jobless benefits in September
By News Release @ 5:19 PM :: 1343 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... Hawaii 2020 unemployment claims surpass 380,000 ....

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Saturday, October 10, 2020
How to stop the exodus
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:04 AM :: 1394 Views :: Economy, Cost of Living, COVID-19

...Hawaii’s negative migration of the past several years in a row is going to accelerate....

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Friday, October 9, 2020
Ige Grade 'D' -- Fiscal Policy Report Card on America’s Governors 2020
By Cato Foundation @ 3:28 AM :: 1183 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...Hawaii’s general fund spending rose a hefty 5.7 percent in 2020, thus reducing the governor’s score in this report....

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Thursday, October 8, 2020
Great Lockdown Crash of 2020 is wake-up call for Hawaii lawmakers
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:57 AM :: 1472 Views :: Economy, Tourism, COVID-19

...Hawaii’s leading industry, tourism, has virtually disappeared; unemployment is at historic highs; hundreds, if not thousands, of businesses have permanently closed; state and county tax revenues have evaporated....

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Employment Recovery: Nobody Lags Like Hawaii
By News Release @ 11:27 PM :: 1340 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, COVID-19

...Hawaii has recovered just 13% of the jobs lost since the start of the pandemic....

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Monday, October 5, 2020
UHERO Hawaii renters already leaving for Mainland
By UHERO @ 8:50 PM :: 1273 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, COVID-19

... Prior to COVID-19, our respondents reported a roughly 4% vacancy rate .... In August, however, this number jumped to 9% ....

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Sunday, October 4, 2020
UHERO: Tourism bounce back will be slow
By UHERO @ 4:48 AM :: 1269 Views :: Economy, Tourism, COVID-19

...UHERO report illustrated a dark forecast—worse than the aftermath of 9/11—for travel and tourism in Hawaiʻi, across the U.S. and around the world....

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Saturday, September 26, 2020
UHERO: Failed Response to COVID Resurgence Stopped Economic Recovery
By UHERO @ 12:30 PM :: 839 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

...Our baseline forecast now sees meaningful economic recovery delayed until the middle of next year, and an attenuated recovery period thereafter....

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Friday, September 25, 2020
Pollyana approach not working
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:08 PM :: 1105 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

... At the beginning of the year, our governor boasted about his efforts to put the state on a “sound financial footing.” What a difference a few months can make ....

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Saturday, September 19, 2020
Hawaii Lost the Most Construction Jobs Between July and August
By News Release @ 3:25 AM :: 1086 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics

...Hawaii lost the highest percentage (-3.5 percent, -1,300 jobs) of construction jobs for the month....

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Friday, September 18, 2020
Hawaii Unemployment Drops to 12.5% as Workers Leave Workforce
By News Release @ 6:21 PM :: 1231 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...Jobs declined by 105,200 over-the-year....

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Monday, September 14, 2020
Low Income Hawaii Workers Income Jumped in April and May
By News Release @ 11:26 PM :: 1071 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, COVID-19

...Hawaii was the second-most-dependent state on the additional $600 in unemployment benefits that expired at the end of July.....

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Saturday, September 5, 2020
45 Companies--13,701 Layoffs Since Aug 1
By Selected News Articles @ 10:17 PM :: 2047 Views :: Economy, Labor, Tourism, COVID-19

...These notices only represent announcements by companies in the state that have 100 or more employees....

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Wednesday, September 2, 2020
DBEDT: Hawaii economy will contract 12.3% in 2020
By News Release @ 5:47 PM :: 1248 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

...The revision is mainly due to the delayed pre-test program for trans-Pacific travel and the two-week Stay-at-Home, Work-from-Home order for Oahu....

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Friday, August 21, 2020
Hawaii Unemployment 13.1% -- Thousands Quit Looking
By News Release @ 8:17 PM :: 1222 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... The unemployment rate would have been much higher except that there were nearly 30,000 fewer people in the labor force than a year ago ....

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Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Caldwell Announces More COVID Restrictions--Targets Non-Economic Activity
By News Release @ 3:36 AM :: 1402 Views :: Honolulu County, Economy, Small Business, COVID-19

...Caldwell said at the news briefing that county and state leaders discussed the modified restrictions for O‘ahu over the past five days, trying to decide whether to use a scalpel or a hammer. “We’ve chosen a scalpel,” Caldwell said....

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