Statewide employment forecasted to expand by 3 percent

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The Hawaii State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations announced Monday its forecast that statewide employment will expand by 2.9 percent, or 19,760 jobs, from the first quarter of 2014 to the first quarter of 2016.

The construction industry will again lead the economic recovery with the fastest growth rate — 8.5 percent — creating 2,580 new jobs.

According to the forecast, all major occupational groups should experience positive job growth as well. Job growth will produce 10,020 annual openings, in addition to 17,050 annual openings that arise due to replacement needs, for a total of 27,070 job openings.

Large-sized occupations with slower growth rates are likely to dominate the top 20 occupations with the most job openings.

Eight of these occupations are in the food preparation and serving related occupational group:

  • Waiters and waitresses
  • Combined food preparation and serving workers
  • Counter attendants of cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shops
  • Hosts and hostesses of restaurants, lounges, and coffee shops
  • Food preparation workers
  • Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers
  • Restaurant cooks
  • Dishwashers

The report forecasts that construction and extraction jobs will grow the most rapidly at 6.1 percent, creating 1,540 job openings annually.

“We still have a number of  workers on the bench so for them, we’re really looking forward to putting them to work,” said Tyler Dos Santos-Tam with Hawaii Construction Alliance. “On the neighbor islands, that’s a little bit tougher for us, so we’re hoping this economic recovery creates jobs for them.”

The types of fast growing jobs include:

  • Cement masons and concrete finishers
  • Paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators
  • Carpenter helpers
  • Reinforcing iron and rebar workers
  • Construction laborers
  • Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters
  • Electricians
  • Supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers
  • Sheet metal workers
  • Tile and marble setters
  • Drywall and ceiling tile installers

Jobs in services, the largest group of occupations, will contribute the greatest number of job openings with 8,810 annually. Many of these jobs will be of the food preparation and serving related variety, and others will be in sales and building and grounds cleaning and maintenance.

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