Hawaii’s Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism on Thursday released the 2018 edition of the State of Hawaii Data Book.

It’s in electronic form and is available on the DBEDT website.

According to DBEDT, the databook “is the most comprehensive statistical book about Hawaii in a single compilation.”

Mike McCartney waves after being confirmed to head DBEDT by a 15 to 10 vote in the Senate.

Mike McCartney waves after being confirmed to head DBEDT by the state Senate in the spring.

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Issues covered include population, education, economics, the environment, energy, business enterprises, government, transportation and tourism.

“The information in the book will help us understand where we came from, identify and track trends and assist us in planning for the future,” said DBEDT Director Mike McCartney.

Here’s a few items of interest, in the view of DBEDT, from the 2018 issue:

  • The median age for Hawaii’s residents was 39.2 in July 2018.
  • In 2018, the U.S. Postal Service delivered 527 million pieces of mail in Hawaii, 10 million pieces or 1.9 percent less than it delivered in 2017.
  • According to the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife, 30,593 acres of forest and brushland were burned by 13 fires in 2018.
  • Since the SAT was redesigned in 2016, Hawaii’s average scores have been higher than U.S. averages.
  • In 2018, 6.9% of the employed in Hawaii were multiple jobholders, showing an increase from 6.5% in 2017. By comparison, 5% of the employed in the United States were multiple jobholders in 2018.
  • Counting state government only, education was 71.1% of total state government employment and 63.7% of state government payroll.

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