August 31, 2022
Member News



Understanding America's Labor Shortage - Data from the
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
The latest data shows the U.S. has over 10 million job openings, but only around 6 million unemployed workers. If every unemployed person in the country found a job, we would still have 5 million open jobs. 
In 2021, businesses added an unprecedented 3.8 million jobs. But at the same time, workforce participation remains below pre-pandemic levels, meaning we have 3.4 million fewer Americans working today compared to February 2022. 
The U.S. Chamber surveyed unemployed workers who lost their jobs during the pandemic on what is keeping them from returning to work. Nearly one in three (33%) women indicated that the need to be home and care for children or other family members has made the return to work difficult or impossible. More than a quarter (28%) of men indicated that their industry was still suffering and not enough good jobs were available to return to work. Some are still concerned about COVID-19 at work, indicate pay is too low, or are more focused on acquiring new skills and education before entering the job market. 
Understanding why workers are missing from unfilled jobs is only half of the equation. The next step in addressing the labor shortage is to implement solutions to attract and retain new workers is underway. Learn about how the Chamber is driving solutions through the America Works initiative below.
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Employers: Address your workforce shortages by attending the Hawaii Is Hiring Virtual Job Fair on Wednesday, September 14 from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM to virtually meet salaried candidates to fill your in-demand positions. Virtual Employer Booths provide hiring managers the opportunity to review resumes, participate in private video chats and post event reporting.
Candidates: Are you quiet quitting? Register to attend the Hawaii Is Hiring Virtual Job Fair on Wednesday September 14 from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM to privately meet with hiring managers to discuss opportunities, and be recruited to find fulfillment and meaningful work. Employers include American Savings Bank, KumabeHR, Starbucks and more!

For more information and to register to attend, click below.
Register Here
New Podcast Episode:
Relationship Building and Opportunity for Change

On this episode of the Voice of Business Podcast presented by ALTRES, Jo McGarry interviews Dr. Diane Paloma, President & CEO of Hawaii Dental Service.

Dr. Paloma discusses her philosophy and interest in Native Hawaiian culture and through the Hawaii Dental Service she is helping to bring solutions to a community with over 600,000 members. Dr. Paloma has a keen interest for Hawaii Dental Service to make a bigger impact by becoming the local champion who understands community needs through greater relationship building. Listen and learn more about her philosophy and relationship building.

Listen to the Podcast


Hui O Hawaii Job Board

On the latest episode of "Military in Hawaii," on Think Tech Hawaii, host Jay Fidell connected with Bernice Glenn Kissinger and Kaili Kane.

Hui o Hawaii is a demand-driven, career/workforce platform designed to help recruit Hawaii talent for defense economy positions. These jobs will focus around technology, analytics, surveillance, reconnaissance missions and more. Hui o Hawaii was created in partnership with the Hawaii DBEDT, the Hawaii Defense Alliance, the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii Military Affairs Council, the University of Hawaii and CyberHawaii. 

Watch Episode Here


Join Employers and Educators September 1 for the Annual Hawaii Work-Based Learning Convening

Work-Based Learning (WBL) continues to be a need for educators and young leaders around the state. Hawaii is seeing continued growth in the number of WBL opportunities for learners across the state. We have seen great examples of WBL models from industry partners who embrace WBL as a strategic way to prepare a new generation of talent for the future of work.

We invite all employers to attend this year's virtual Work-Based Learning Convening on Thursday, September 1 from 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM hosted by Hawaii P20 Partnerships for Education and the Chamber.

The convening will showcase an employer post-secondary internship, ask-an-educator panel, Sector Partnerships session and more! Sessions are an opportunity to learn how your organization can get involved with our local educators to support WBL opportunities for our young leaders, focusing on workforce planning, talent acquisition and talent development.

If you have any questions on the WBL convening or work-based learning, please send us an email.

Sign Up Here


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