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Thursday, October 4, 2012
Rail Fail: Oahu Construction Jobs Drop as Sister Isles Job Boom tops Nation
By Andrew Walden @ 2:12 PM :: 6167 Views :: Labor, Rail

by Andrew Walden

With the Rail Project under construction in August prior to the end-of-month State Supreme Court ruling, Honolulu lost 800 construction jobs year over year, ranking 225th out of 337 metro areas. Meanwhile the state as a whole gained 900 construction jobs meaning that the sister islands had a net gain of 1700 construction jobs.  If the sister isles were a metro area, they would rank #1 in the nation for job growth, just ahead of Yuba City, CA and Pascagoula, MS.  

Oahu lost 4% of its construction jobs while the sister isles gained 27% more constrction jobs. Contrary to the pro-rail lobby, Rail simply did not deliver the promised jobs. The 25% of the state not burdened by an additional 0.5% GE Tax is where all the growth is located.

Area Aug-11 Aug-12 12 mo % change 12 mo gain/loss
Hawaii Statewide 28,500 29,400 3% 900
Honolulu, HI 22,200 21,400 -4% -800
Sister Isles 6,300 8,000 27% 1,700

Source: Associated General Contractors of America -- View construction employment figures by state and rank.

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