Exports Support Jobs for Hawaii's Workers
Export-supported jobs linked to manufacturing account for an estimated 1.2 percent of Hawaii's total private-sector employment. Approximately 5.3 percent of all manufacturing workers in Hawaii depend on exports for their jobs. (2008 data are the latest available.)
Exports Sustain Hundreds of Hawaii Businesses
A total of 666 companies exported from Hawaii locations in 2007. Eighty-seven percent of these companies (582), or more than four-fifths, were small and medium-sized enterprises, with fewer than 500 employees.
Foreign Investment Creates Jobs in Hawaii
In 2007, foreign-controlled companies employed 30,800 workers in Hawaii. Major sources of Hawaii's foreign investment in 2007 were Japan, France, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Switzerland.
Hawaii Depends on World Markets
Hawaii's export shipments of merchandise in 2009 totaled $563 million.
The state's leading manufactured export category in 2009 was transportation equipment, which accounted for 37 percent, or $208 million, of Hawaii's total merchandise exports. Other top manufactured exports were petroleum and coal products ($81 million), computers and electronic products ($34 million) and processed foods ($32 million).
Hawaii's Metropolitan Exports
For the first-half of 2009, the metropolitan area of Honolulu exported $165 million in merchandise, 83 percent of Hawaii's total merchandise exports.