Hawaii Comment on Today’s National Jobs Report

Date: June 03, 2021

Small-business owners report fourth consecutive month of record high unfilled job openings

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Melissa Pavlicek, Hawaii State Director, mpavlicek@hawaiipublicpolicy.com
or Tony Malandra, Senior Media Manager, anthony.malandra@nfib.org

HONOLULU, June 3, 2021—From Melissa Pavlicek, Hawaii state director for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nation’s largest small-business association, on today’s release of the monthly Jobs Report from NFIB showing a fourth consecutive month of record highs in unfilled job openings.

“Whether tourism will or should return to pre-pandemic levels, there is no doubt that Hawaii’s economy will remain fragile for the foreseeable future. Small businesses rely on tourism both directly and indirectly. Its impact for better or worse can’t be understated.”

Click here to read NFIB’s national news release, which contains a link to the full report.

From NFIB Chief Economist Bill Dunkelberg

“Small business owners are struggling at record levels trying to get workers back in open positions. Owners are offering higher wages to try to remedy the labor shortage problem. Ultimately, higher labor costs are being passed on to customers in higher selling prices.”

NFIB’s Jobs Report is a national snapshot not broken down by state. Today’s results are based on 659 respondents to the May survey of a random sample of NFIB’s member firms, surveyed through 5/28/2021. The NFIB Research Foundation has collected Small Business Economic Trends data with quarterly surveys since 1974 and monthly surveys since 1986.

Keep up with the latest Hawaii small-business news at www.nfib.com/hawaii or by following NFIB on Twitter @NFIB_HI.

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