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Saturday, May 1, 2021
City’s Rental and Utility Relief Program to reopen May 3 at 2 p.m.
By News Release @ 10:23 AM :: 1807 Views :: Honolulu County, Economy, COVID-19

"...fraudulent applications may be referred to law enforcement....”

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Hawaii Government Assistance Payments Jumped 62% for 2020
By Selected News Articles @ 5:54 AM :: 1846 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... Earnings, which mostly reflect wages and other employee compensation, fell in Hawaii by 7.7% ....

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Saturday, April 24, 2021
Hawaii Towns Ranked by Economic Diversity
By Selected News Articles @ 11:50 PM :: 1873 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics

... During the Great Recession, local economies that diversified, tapping into new ideas and innovations, proved to be more resilient than the cities that stuck to their old tricks ....

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Sunday, April 18, 2021
​COVID-19 infections, vaccines, and economic recovery
By UHERO @ 3:25 AM :: 2575 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... As business activity contracted, the state quickly shed more than 150,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate jumped from 2% to 22% ....

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Monday, April 12, 2021
Hawaii: 26.5% Expect to Lose Income
By Selected News Articles @ 6:39 PM :: 2033 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... The state where people are most likely to face an expected loss of employment income is Hawaii, at 26.5% ....

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Monday, April 12, 2021
How Hawaii Can Waste More Federal COVID Stimulus Money--Biden has some ideas
By News Release @ 6:25 PM :: 2312 Views :: National News, Economy, COVID-19

... Today, the White House released state-by-state fact sheets (crony dreambooks) that highlight the (allegedly) urgent need in every state across the country for the investments (pork projects) proposed by President Biden in the American Jobs Plan ....

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Thursday, April 8, 2021
Forbes: Hawaii Tops List Of Worst-Performing States
By Selected News Articles @ 4:37 AM :: 2529 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... Hawaii lags the nation’s economic momentum by an astonishing 5.14% ....

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Friday, March 26, 2021
Hawaii Economy Shrinks 8%
By News Release @ 10:13 PM :: 934 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... BEA -- Gross Domestic Product by State, 4th Quarter 2020 and Annual 2020 ....

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Thursday, March 25, 2021
House Budget: Irresponsible record-breaking spending spree
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:34 PM :: 2087 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

... Keli’i Akina says House members should have aimed to pay off more debt instead of go on a record-breaking spending spree ....

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Hawaii is the State Where Joblessness Has Skyrocketed
By Selected News Articles @ 7:54 PM :: 2233 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, COVID-19

... Hawaii and California had the highest jobless rates in January, at 10.2% and 9.0%, respectively. At the far end of the spectrum, South Dakota and Utah had the lowest rates, each at 3.1% ....

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021
DLIR: Hawaii Unemployment 10.2%
By News Release @ 4:59 AM :: 2102 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... Statewide, 588,050 were employed and 67,000 unemployed in January for a total seasonally adjusted labor force of 655,050 ....

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Monday, March 8, 2021
CoreLogic: Hawaii Mortgage Delinquency Jumps 4.1%
By News Release @ 11:35 PM :: 1684 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics

... Hawaii and Nevada (both up 4.1 percentage points) logged the largest annual increase in overall delinquency rates ....

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Friday, March 5, 2021
Federal COVID Aid: Hawaii Gets 143% of Losses
By Tax Foundation @ 7:47 PM :: 1861 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... Under the American Rescue Plan Act, states would receive $195.3 billion in aid, divided according to each state’s share of national unemployed workers ....

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Friday, March 5, 2021
New Survey: 50% of Hawaii businesses not paying rent
By News Release @ 6:59 PM :: 2190 Views :: Economy, Small Business, COVID-19

... 1,126 Hawaiʻi business owners share their feedback ....

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Friday, March 5, 2021
UHERO: Recovery Poised to Accelerate
By UHERO @ 7:00 AM :: 1893 Views :: Economy, Tourism, COVID-19

... Falling virus counts and vaccination progress set the stage for a strengthening visitor industry recovery ....

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Monday, March 1, 2021
Hawaii Economy Projected to Grow 2.7% in 2021
By News Release @ 2:06 PM :: 1605 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

...DBEDT estimates that Hawaii’s real GDP fell by approximately 7.5 percent in 2020, a smaller decline than the 11.7 percent contraction forecast in the previous quarter....

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Hawaii Needs Emergency Economic CPR
By Video @ 9:09 PM :: 1511 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 :: 2184 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 :: 1969 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 :: 1736 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 :: 2581 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 :: 2589 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 :: 2161 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 :: 1938 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 :: 1898 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 :: 3668 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 :: 2716 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 :: 1308 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 :: 2258 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 :: 4171 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 :: 1624 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 :: 2187 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 :: 1925 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 :: 1622 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 :: 1973 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 :: 2900 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 :: 2351 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 :: 1607 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 :: 2654 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 :: 2233 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 :: 3111 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 :: 2485 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 :: 3482 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 :: 1715 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 :: 1820 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 :: 1683 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 :: 1958 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 :: 2556 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 :: 1746 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 :: 2321 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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