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Tourism a top sector driving Hawaii’s economic growth

“Hawaii had a great year in 2016 with 14,000 new payroll jobs created,” said Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) Director Luis P. Salaveria.

“Hawaii had a great year in 2016 with 14,000 new payroll jobs created,” said Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) Director Luis P. Salaveria. “Almost every sector saw job increases except state government and wholesale trade. Our unemployment rate was the fourth lowest in the nation in 2016, and we expect our economic condition to remain stable in 2017.”


In 2016, four sectors were the main driving forces for job gains: construction, tourism, health care and professional services.