HawaiiWritten by Beverly Creamer On 13 April 2012
Construction employment in Hawaii drops from 2011

A new analysis of federal data shows that Hawaii slipped in construction jobs – both statewide and in the Honolulu area – between February of this year and February a year ago.

While many metropolitan areas of the country saw gains in construction, the data shows that construction jobs in Honolulu dipped by 3 percent in the year ending in February 2012, and statewide by 1 percent. That translates to a loss of 600 jobs in Honolulu and 300 statewide.

The report, analyzing federal employment data, was done by the Associated General Contractors of America.

The figures for 2011 showed that the number of people employed in 2011 in construction statewide was 28,000 compared to 27,700 in 2012. Likewise, the number of people employed in construction in Honolulu in 2011 was 21,200 compared to 20,600 in February of 2012.

According to the data, Honolulu placed 243rd out of 337 metropolitan areas that were analyzed for job changes in construction, mining and logging.

The report showed that 171 out of 337 metro areas saw increases in construction employment between February 2011 and February 2012.

The data also showed that private sector construction spending grew by 10 percent in that year while public sector investments in construction dropped by about 1 percent. Tight state budgets, the winding down of construction activity funded by the stimulus and Base Realignment and Closure programs, and delayed Congressional action on several infrastructure bills, were all blamed for holding back broader gains.

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Beverly Creamer

A long-time Hawaii writer, formerly with The Honolulu Advertiser, and earlier, the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. University of Hawaii graduate; Canadian born.

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