Job Count by Industry

The number of non-agricultural employees by establishment. Workers on an establishment payroll who are on paid sick leave, on paid holiday or paid vacation or who work during any part of the pay period including the 12th of the month are counted, regardless of status. Persons on the payroll of more than one establishment during the pay period including the 12th of the month are counted, regardless of status. Persons on the payroll of more than one establishment during the pay period are counted in each establishment which reports them, whether the duplication is due to turnover or multiple job holding. It is a monthly estimate of jobs based on a sample. About 800 employers who employ approximately 28 of all workers in Hawaii participate in this monthly survey following Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) guidelines. Release monthly, it is a useful measure of the health of the economy.

Employment by Industry

The number of workers covered by Hawaii Employment Security Law, who worked during or received pay for the payroll period which includes the 12th of the month, reported by place of work (job count) and classified by industry based on the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Manual. Some student hires, not covered under Unemployment Insurance, are excluded from this figure but are included in Job Counts by Industry. Because it includes all covered employers in the state, it is considered as the universe population and is often the basis of sampling by other statistical programs. The information is produced quarterly and annually.

Employers by Size

Classifies employers and reporting units by the number of employees, county, and major industry.  See Employment by Industry.


Long-term projections are produced in the even-numbered years for a 10-year projection period. Short-term forecasts are produced every year for a 2-year projection period. Both industry and occupational projections are included.

Affirmative Action Programs

Labor force and occupational information by sex and race are compiled for employers working on affirmative action programs, as required for government contract compliance. Labor force data are derived from the U.S. Census Bureau data and are updated annually. Data are available for the State of Hawaii, Honolulu MSA, and counties.

For more information regarding affirmative action policies, go to the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program (OFCCP) website or call the OFCCP in Honolulu at (808) 541-2933.

Employment on Construction Procurement Contracts

Effective April 29, 2010, SB 2840, SD2, HD1 became law (Act 68).  This bill created chapter 103B, Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS) “Employment of State Residents on Construction Procurement Contracts”.  This law requires a contractor’s workforce be comprised of 80% or more Hawaii residents.

The information provided is used to determine a worker shortage situation in the construction industry.  A worker shortage situation will be declared for a fiscal year, when the percent of the annual average of regular unemployment insurance claims for the Construction industry to the number of jobs reported from the Occupational Employment Survey is below 6.5% for the preceding calendar year.

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