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Rapid Response Services for Businesses/Employers

The Workforce Development Council (WDC) believes that when government and employers work together, the economic growth and business expansion follow. Employers and businesses are encouraged to visit their local American Job Center to access FREE programs and services that include:

  • Reemployment assistance to help employers who are experiencing worker reductions.
  • National, state, and local area labor market information to help plan for business expansion, relocation, or future hiring and training needs.
  • Focused recruitment campaigns for new business ventures or facilities needing a large number of specialized workers.
  • Facilities and scheduling services to screen and interview applicants.
  • HireNet Hawaii résumé searches to match employers’ job openings.
  • Facilitation of Employer Advisory Councils in local communities.
  • Assistance with job fairs and newsletters.
  • Layoff Aversion Sample Plan – Strategies to save jobs, increase economic productivity, decrease the negative impacts of unemployment, and ensure more resources are available to provide comprehensive services to those individuals with greater needs.


The statewide Workforce Development Council network of community partners strive to train and build a skilled workforce that meets the needs of Hawaii employers. The AJCs use HireNet Hawaii, an internet-based job board to 1) match qualified job seekers with employers’ job openings, and 2) provide employers effective self-service labor exchange information. HireNet Hawaii is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week anywhere there is an internet connection.



American Job Centers (AJCs) on Oahu, Kauai, Maui and Hawaii Island are important resources for businesses and job seekers because they offer FREE career and education services. For businesses, this includes opportunities to match employer job openings with qualified job seekers, and access to online and in-person workforce development services. For job seekers, AJC resources include FREE use of computers, telephones, and fax machines for job searches, assistance with individualized needs including special services for veterans and adults with disabilities, financial planning and stress management workshops, financial support for training, and income support if jobs were lost due to foreign trade.

American Job Centers also support rapid response teams that mobilize following receipt of a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN). Rapid response services are designed to prevent layoffs whenever possible, to limit the impact of change on workers, and to help workers transition to their next employment opportunity, as quickly as possible. If you are a business that needs to shut down or reduce operations, contact the Statewide Rapid Response Coordinator to ask about scheduling an information session for your impacted employees. Contact information for county Hawaii American Job Centers is below.

Oahu – Dole Cannery
680 Iwilei Road, Suite 700
Honolulu, HI 96817
(808) 586-8877
Email: [email protected]
Hawaii Island –
88 Kanoelehua Avenue, Suite A-204
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 586-8877
Email: [email protected]
Kauai – Lihue Civic Center
4444 Rice Street, Suite 302
Lihue, HI 96766
(808) 586-8877
Email: [email protected]
Maui – Economic Development Complex
70 E. Kaahumanu Avenue
Maui Mall, Unit B-9
Kahului, HI 96732
(808) 586-8877
Email: [email protected]