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WASHINGTON — America's employers barely added jobs last month, underscoring the viral pandemic's ongoing grip on the economy and likely adding momentum to the Biden administration's push for a bold rescue aid package.

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Unemployment in Hawaii remains at historic levels—especially on Neighbor Islands. But there are companies that are hiring right now.

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Some 161,000 Hawai’i residents filed for unemployment in March.  The University of Hawai‘i’s economic research arm, UHERO, projected unemployment could temporarily spike to 25 percent due to the impact of COVID-19 on the economy.  In Hawai‘i, however, some companies need even more workers.

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Updated: 3/21/20, 7:45 p.m.

Gov. David Ige is pulling up the welcome mat: starting Thursday, any domestic or international visitor who comes to Hawaii will need to self-quarantine in his or her hotel room for 14 days. Returning residents will need to self-quarantine in their homes. The emergency action comes as Hawaii has watched the number of confirmed and presumed positive coronavirus cases expand to almost 50.

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The U.S. labor market revved up in January, with employers adding 225,000 jobs. That's well above the number forecasters were expecting. The unemployment rate inched up to 3.6%, near a 50-year low, according to a new report from the Labor Department.

Employment growth for November and December was also revised upwards by a total of 7,000 jobs.

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New U.S. Navy contracting terms have resulted in a pullout by a major contractor that is expected to result in the loss of hundreds of jobs at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, officials said.

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WASHINGTON  — Hiring in the United States rebounded in March as U.S. employers added a solid 196,000 jobs, up sharply from February's scant gain and evidence that many businesses still want to hire despite signs that the economy is slowing.

Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

Labor Day is meant to be a day of rest for workers across the country. But some Hawaiʻi residents will actually spend it working not just one but two jobs. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi reports.

Hawaii Gets a New Minimum Wage for 2018

Jan 4, 2018

Hawaii’s New Minimum Wage

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Hawai‘i’s unemployment rate remains below three percent. And while that’s good news for the state’s economy, it’s creating a challenge for many businesses that are struggling to find good help. We get more from Pacific Business News editor-in-chief A. Kam Napier.

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Anyone who’s familiar with the Philippines knows about the concept of sending money home from overseas. It’s become a critical part of the Philippines economy—and it’s growing. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to promote the concept of “Hire American.” Among other steps, the action will bring a review of the U.S. work visa program. In Australia, the government is toughening its visa requirements for skilled workers. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.


Hawai‘i and Japan share a number of cultural and economic connections. One you might not think about is unemployment. The jobless rate is relatively low in both places—but that doesn’t mean all is well with the economy. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.


Most people assume that robots, artificial intelligence and technology will play major roles in our future, but have you really thought about their implications for society?  Futurist James Dator contends we are already half way into changes that may make working for a living obsolete.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.  

The Conversation: Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

Jun 7, 2016

Maui Job Market; Kaua‘i Voices Concert; Neal Conan; The Rat and The Octopus come to the MAAC

Maui’s Jobs Market: Linda Chu Takayama