HONOLULU, Hawaii – The state of Hawaii expects to see 60,540 total job openings over the next two years. Of that, 26,880 will be new jobs, according to a Hawaii State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations media release.
From the media release:
While tourism sparked Hawaii’s rise from the Great Recession, the construction industry will lead the economic recovery with the fastest growth rate (16.7 percent), as well as by creating the most jobs (4,960).
All major occupational groups should experience positive job growth as well. Job growth will produce 13,590 annual openings, in addition there will be 16,680 openings that arise due to replacement needs. Therefore, the forecasted total number of job openings during the 2013 to 2015 period is 60,540.
Large-sized occupations with slower growth rates dominate the top 20 occupations with the most job openings. Six of these occupations are in the food preparation and serving related occupational group: combined food preparation and serving workers; waiters and waitresses; hosts and hostesses of restaurants, lounges, and coffee shops; dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers; counter attendants of cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shops; and restaurant cooks.
The report forecasts that construction and extraction jobs will grow the most rapidly at 11.5 percent, creating 2,350 job openings annually. The types of fast growing jobs include elevator installers and repairers, reinforcing iron and rebar workers, cement masons and concrete finishers, carpenters and helpers, drywall and ceiling tile installers, sheet metal workers, supervisors, laborers, roofers, electricians, tile and marble setters, plumbers, operating engineers, and carpet installers.
Jobs in services, the largest group of occupations, will contribute the greatest number of job openings with 9,480 annually. Many of these jobs will be of the food preparation and serving related variety, and others will be building and grounds cleaning and maintenance jobs.Dept. of Labor and Industrial Relations media release, Mar. 10, 2014
According to DLIR, the forecasts “use actual first quarter 2013 employment for the base year and employment is projected to the first quarter of 2015. Although this report is done on an annual basis, it has usually been done using the third quarter as a basis. However, future forecasts will be based on first quarter employment.”