Howzit Howard: economic growth

Howzit Howard: economic growth

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The new forecast calls for 1.1 economic growth, which isn't much, but it's two-tenths more than the forecast expected. And for the first time the state is predicting some increase in our collective personal income. A little detail in the report: our current number of people working is the same as it was in 2004.

The Blaisdell job fair drew 135 employers, up from January, and 5,000 job seekers. Ten employers bought booths just in the last week and a half, apparently making a last-minute decision that times are improving and they need to be ready to hire.

One more health care provider logs its first quarter bottom line, and it's better than the others. UHA made a $2.2 million profit. UHA has 30,000 members.

THe world's biggest telescope is one step closer to the green light. The office of Mauna Kea Management has voted unanimously to approve the project. Several more approvals still required.

In this morning's stock plunge, Hawaiian Electric and Hawaiian Airlines are  down one percent. Alexander & Baldwin and Hawaiian Airlines down two percent. Mainland airlines down mostly around four percent.

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