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Winners and Losers in Hawaii's Job Market

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Just graduated from college? Sorry, but some of the fastest-growing jobs are helping seniors, waiting on tables and working behind a store counter, according to the state’s short-term and long-term forecasts.

Source: Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations

One way to follow a changing economy is to track the fastest-declining and fastest-growing jobs. The following infographic report outlines the state’s forecast for the biggest changes in Hawaii’s labor market, both in percentage changes and in absolute numbers.

Construction occupations, still recovering from the recession, are expected to enjoy large gains as construction activity increases, according to a forecast from the Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations’ Research and Statistics Office.

However, over the long term, 2010 to 2020, the fastest growing jobs in percentage terms are expected to be in the health, information technology and marketing fields, the Labor Department says.

In both the short and long terms, the fastest growing jobs in terms of absolute numbers are those that require less education, are entry level and have high turnover rates. Meanwhile, most of the declining occupations are losing out to automation, computer technology and a decline in mail volume.

Short-Term Occupational Projections 2012-2014

*Numbers do not add up exactly due to rounding.

  Top 5 Net Growing Occupations by Number of Jobs

  Employment Net Growth
Occupation Title 2012 2014
Retail Salesperson 24,040 25,280 1,240
Combined Food Preparation
and Serving Workers,
Including Fast Food
16,660 17,520 860
Office Clerks, General * 15,100 15,660 570
Carpenters * 7,760 8,340 570
Waiters and Waitresses 14,680 15,230 550

Top 5 Net Declining Occupations by Number of Jobs

  Employment Net Growth
Occupation Title 2012 2014
Petroleum Pump System Operators,
Refinery Operators and Gaugers *
230 180 -60
Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors
and Processing Machine Operators
450 410 -40
Postal Service Clerks 430 390 -40
Word Processorts and Typists 1,910 1,890 -20
Switchboard Operators,
Including Answering Services
770 750 -20

Top 5 Net Growing Occupations by Percentage

  Employment Average Annual Growth
Occupation Title 2012 2014
Cost Estimators 1,020 1,160 7.1%
Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers 710 790 5.9%
Roofers 630 700 5.4%
Tile and Marble Setters 630 700 5.4%
Structural Iron and Steel Workers 320 350 5.3%

Top 5 Net Declining Occupations by Percentage

  Employment Average Annual Growth
Occupation Title 2012 2014
Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Maching Operators 450 410 -5.0%
Postal Service Clerks 430 390 -4.9%
Switchboard Operators, including
Answering Service
770 750 -1.5%
Machine Feeders and Offbearers 340 330 -1.2%
Engineering Technicians,
Except Drafters
660 650 -1.1%

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