Hawaii Manufacturing Jobs Declined 3% Over Past Year

February 4, 2010

EVANSTON, Ill., Feb. 4 /PRNewswire/ — Industrial employment in Hawaii fell 3% over the past twelve months according to the 2010 Hawaii Manufacturers Directory, an industrial directory published annually by Manufacturers’ News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. MNI reports Hawaii lost 754 industrial jobs between December 2008 and December 2009, the sharpest decline MNI has ever reported in the thirteen years it has been tracking the state’s industry.

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Manufacturers’ News reports Hawaii is now home to 1,196 manufacturers employing 24,157 workers.

“As with the entire nation, the recession has affected Hawaii’s core sectors,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “However, the state’s strong exports should help lay the groundwork for recovery.”

Exports of goods produced in Hawaii have increased significantly, according to government data, rising 133% from 2004-2008–the fifth largest increase of all fifty states.

Food products remains the state’s largest industrial sector by employment with 9,252 jobs, down 4.5% over the year, following the closure of the Gay & Robinson sugar mill, among others. Printing/publishing ranks second with 3,984 jobs, down 1.3%. Third-ranked textiles/apparel accounts for 1,974 jobs, down 22.4% over the past twelve months.

Industrial sectors that lost jobs over the year included transportation equipment, down 10.6%, and furniture/fixtures, down 7%. No significant change in employment was reported for paper products, stone/clay/glass, fabricated metals, and electronics. Gains were seen for industrial machinery and equipment, up 10.1%, chemicals up 6.2%, and lumber/wood up 3.2%.

Oahu is home to the most industrial employment in Hawaii, accounting for 18,957 jobs or 78% of the state, with 71% of these jobs located in Honolulu. MNI reports Oahu employment was down 3% over the year. The Big Island accounts for 2,533 jobs, with employment up 3.1% over the year. Maui is home to 2,121 manufacturing jobs, down 1.9% since December 2008, while Kauai accounts for 546, down 26.4% over the year.

Honolulu is home to 13,438 industrial jobs, down 4.6% over the year. Kapolei accounts for 2,473 jobs, up 3.4% since December 2008. Aiea saw employment increase 7.2% and is currently home to 1,191 industrial workers, while Waipahu accounts for 1,007 of the state’s jobs, down 7.4% over the year. Puunene jobs are down 5.3%, with the fifth-ranked city home to 920 workers.

Detailed profiles of Hawaii’s 1,196 manufacturers and 462 industrial distributors can be found in the 2010 Hawaii Manufacturers Directory, available in print for $74 and on CD-ROM from $90. Each profile provides up to 30 facts, including vital contact information (phone, web, e-mail), 3,793 executives by name and title, product(s) manufactured, annual sales, number of employees, and more. Visitors to mnileads.com may generate custom profiles of manufacturers using thirteen different criteria, including area or zip code, county, SIC, sales volume, number of employees, and more.

Manufacturers’ News, Inc., publisher of manufacturers’ directories since 1912, compiles and produces manufacturing guides, statistics and databases for all 50 states. MNI also maintains IndustryNet.com, an industrial search engine designed specifically for locating manufacturers and suppliers nationwide. For more information, contact Manufacturers’ News, Inc., 1633 Central St., Evanston, IL, 60201, 847-864-7000, FAX 847-332-1100.

SOURCE Manufacturers’ News, Inc.

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