A new state forecast predicts more than 20,000 more jobs in the current second quarter than the first quarter had. That would be almost 3% growth, led by 12% growth in construction. But the forecast says there will also be 3,000 new jobs in hospitality and 2,500 new jobs in food service.
The consumer price index rose only one tenth in March - cheaper food offset higher energy. The index has risen less than 1% in the past year.
New jobless claims fall to 243,000 for the seven days to last Sunday, a bigger-than-expected decline, in fact, the best number since 1973, when the population was a third less than it is now.
The Hawaii Public Radio pledge drive might end today, a day early. HPR has about $200,000 to go.
There could be a colorful court dispute between a shopping center and Duane "Dog" Chapman. Koko Marina says the bail bondsman owns back rent on "Da Kine Dog House." Beth Chapman told PBN the shopping center has sued dozens of tenants but she and Dog won't be strong-armed.
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