Howard's Business Report

  Business: Federal debt

The federal debt is $21 trillion and rising.In the budget year that just ended, it grew three quarters of a billion. This year the budget will grow another $1 billion.

  Business Report: New jobless claims reported statewide

New jobless claims were reported across the state.

Business Report: Who benefits from the hotel strike?

It’s time for Howard’s Illustrated Economics. This morning, who benefits from the hotel strike?

Business: The key issues in hotel contract talks

There are four main issues whenever labor and management negotiate contracts. The most obvious is pay, because that’s issue one in nearly all labor negotiations.

Business Report: A look at supplies, shipping, and storms

When Hawaii gets rained on and blown around and the ports are closed, we tend to think of maritime shipping in simplistic terms - what computer people call binary thinking. Either the ports are open and all is well, as exemplified by this drawing, or ports are closed and you can't find anything, whether it's a 2x4...

Business Report: Tourism is up (again), and Kahala gets ready for a new mall

Here's Howard Dicus' latest business report.

Business Report: July hotel occupancy report

This is fresh out of the Hawaii Tourism Authority. In July, the Big Island was suffering eruption disruption. But Lane wasn't a factor yet. Kauai 79% (78) $315+8% Rev $226...

Business Report: Hawaii unemployment by island

Kauai 2.3 (2.9) (2.2) Oahu 2.0 (2.6) (2.2) Maui Co. 2.1 (2.7) (2.5) Big Island 3.0 (3.5) (3.1) Maui Island 2.0 (2.6) (2.3)...

Business Report: America’s highest paying jobs

Median base salary for America's highest paying jobs. $96,000 – tax manager. $97,000 – attorney. $102,000 – financial planning manager. $104,000 – plant manager. $105,000 – Engineering manager. $107,000 – nurse practitioner. $109,000 – physician assistant. $116,000...