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Hawaii’s True Jobless Rate Is A Mystery Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s True Jobless Rate Is A Mystery

Neither the official figure nor the number of unemployment insurance claims offer a clear picture of how many here are out of work.

Hawaii Braces For A Dual Threat: Hurricanes And COVID-19 AP

Hawaii Braces For A Dual Threat: Hurricanes And COVID-19

The pandemic will make Hawaii’s response to a natural disaster even more daunting, officials say.

Honolulu Spared From Paying A Hefty Price For Lack Of Trash Courtesy of the City and County of Honolulu

Honolulu Spared From Paying A Hefty Price For Lack Of Trash

Its garbage-for-power deals address extreme events beyond the city’s control.

HART: Utility Work In Town Will Cost At Least $135M More Than Expected Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HART: Utility Work In Town Will Cost At Least $135M More Than Expected

Rail officials didn’t have a clear idea of how much the relocation work would cost when they awarded the contract to get it going.

The Pandemic Ignites A Bike Boom In Honolulu Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Pandemic Ignites A Bike Boom In Honolulu

With gyms closed and other exercise options limited, bicycle shops say they are selling almost every bike they can get their hands on.

City Council Grows Anxious As Rail’s COVID-19 Problems Deepen Cory Lum/Civil Beat

City Council Grows Anxious As Rail’s COVID-19 Problems Deepen

The transit project has been plagued for years by skyrocketing costs. Now it faces a $100 million slump in the revenues that fund construction.

Hawaii Missed An Opportunity To Fix Its Benefits System Before COVID-19 Struck Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Missed An Opportunity To Fix Its Benefits System Before COVID-19 Struck

A proposal following the Great Recession to build a single benefits portal for multiple agencies “died on the vine.” Many believe it would have helped alleviate the current crisis.

Ige Balks At Proposal To Loan Money To Jobless In Limbo

Ige Balks At Proposal To Loan Money To Jobless In Limbo

Hawaii’s jobless can’t afford to go two months without income — and they can’t wait much longer for their claims to be approved, Sen. Laura Thielen said.

How An Antiquated IT System Failed Thousands Of Hawaii’s Unemployed Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How An Antiquated IT System Failed Thousands Of Hawaii’s Unemployed

Critics say state officials could have updated a nearly 40-year-old system but never did. Now a long-term fix won’t come until at least next year.