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COMMENTARY OF THE DAY
By
Robert Namer
Voice Of America
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May 12, 2020

     Hawaii has bad liberal leadership.  Hawaii is facing it's highest unemployment rate ever as strict stay-at-home orders and a virtual shutdown of the state's once mighty tourism industry have left residents reeling, leaning on their savings or unable to pay rent and feed their families. Since March, the state's unemployment rate has soared from 3% to 34%, one of the highest in the nation.

     The pain has been widespread, with charities encountering unprecedented requests for food and assistance and small business owners grappling with plummeting profits. The state's struggles to keep up with unemployment claims even prompted some residents to come out and threaten violence against state workers. 

     Roughly 216,000 of the state's 660,000 workers were employed in jobs supported by tourism in 2019. Airline arrivals to Hawaii have nosedived from more than 30,000 passengers per day to 756. Food service workers, who make up roughly 13% of all employees in the state and earn a median annual income of about $30,000, lost wages as restaurants closed and hotels shuttered.

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