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HEALTH RESOURCES - Workforce
Growing Workforce: Between 1990 and 2007, Hawai'i's private-sector health care workforce grew by 55 percent, more than 3 times greater than the overall statewide job market. There were more than 58,000 workers employed in the health care and social assistance sector in Hawai'i in 2007, representing 9.4 percent of Hawai'i's total workforce.

Hawai`i vs. U.S.: The rate of growth in this workforce sector during the period 1990 to 2007 was slower in Hawai'i at 55 percent than the overall U.S. figure of 65 percent. Health care was one of the few sectors in Hawai'i's economy that grew throughout the 1990s.

County Workforce: Health care and social assistance employment in all counties grew between 1990 and 2007 at a rate that exceeded the total county workforce growth rate. In 2007, the percent of the workforce employed in health care and social assistance ranged between 6 percent (Maui County) and 10 percent (Honolulu County).

Continued Growth Expected: The aging population, together with increased health care demands, will likely stimulate future increases in the health care workforce. Managed care's effort to provide care through the most appropriate health care worker may impact the number and types of workers available.

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Source: Hawai`i State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations, Research and Statistics Office, Current Employment Statistics.; Bureau of Labor Statistics, Nonfarm Payroll Statistics from the Current Employment Statistics.
Note: Includes workers in social assistance. Total workforce does not include agricultural workers.
Source: Hawai`i State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations, Research and Statistics Office, Current Employment Statistics.
Note: Includes workers in social assistance. Total workforce does not include agricultural workers.