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The Ige administration and the state Legislature worked together to provide relief for businesses hard hit by the pandemic and facing higher payments into the state fund that covers unemployment insurance claims. HB 1278 HD1 caps the employer contribution tax rate at a lower “Schedule D” level for 2021 and 2022. “Temporarily reducing unemployment insurance ...
Read More Critical help for businesses and the unemployed

Hawai‘i’s share of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan signed by President Joe Biden provides a major infusion of federal funding at a time when the state and its residents need it the most. “This gives us much-needed breathing room so that layoffs and furloughs aren’t necessary in the foreseeable future,” said Governor Ige. The ...
Read More .9 trillion American Rescue Plan to benefit many

Governor Ige issued an emergency declaration March 9 for the entire State of Hawai‘i in the wake of heavy rains that caused flooding and landslides. The disaster emergency relief period, which continues through May 8, 2021, makes state funds immediately available to help affected communities. Residents from Hale‘iwa and Hau‘ula to Haʻikū and Hanalei are ...
Read More State, county workers and volunteers provide emergency relief after storms

While some of us have been home binge-watching, Hawai‘i’s creative industry has embarked on a quiet revolution. From film, media, and music to visual, cultural and performing arts — those in the business have had to pivot to new digital platforms in the pandemic to survive. The result is a local creative industry that is ...
Read More Hawai‘i’s creative industry charts 2.0 path to the future

The “wow” factor is just the beginning when you step through the doors of the new Academy of Creative Media facility at UH West O‘ahu. The state-of-the-art, $37 million building will link creative media programs for students throughout the UH system and provide a high-tech training hub for high-demand careers. UH West O‘ahu’s bachelor’s of ...
Read More New ACM facility ready for debut

What if you could find work anywhere in the world and still live in Hawai‘i? A statewide program to help unemployed residents do just that has been launched, with more opportunities being planned through state and county partnerships. The goal of the Hawai‘i Remote Work Pilot Project is to help residents find new career paths ...
Read More Connecting to jobs through Hawai‘i Remote Work

“We do not need magic to transform our world; we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already.”  — J.K. Rowling Every year when the world celebrates International Women’s Day in March, we’re reminded of courageous women — past and present — who have made a difference in the world. From Hawai‘i’s own Queen ...
Read More Celebrating the contributions of women worldwide

COVID-19 case counts are down. Vaccinations are up. And every day is moving us closer to a “new normal.” But the new Hawai‘i needs to be stronger and better than before, based on the lessons from the pandemic. Do we have what it takes to create a better future while making sure no one gets left ...
Read More Lessons from the pandemic for a Hawai‘i 2.0 future

COVID-19 variants or not, lucky you live Hawai‘i. That seems to be the consensus among state health officials keeping tabs on vaccine distribution, virus case counts and public attitudes toward getting immunized. “We’re doing well, and that’s a tribute to the entire community and the efforts of everyone wearing their masks and avoiding large gatherings,” ...
Read More Taking our best shot to fight COVID-19

Good news for unemployed folks awaiting additional benefits approved by Congress in December. System updates for the extended Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program by the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations will provide claimants with an additional 11 weeks of benefits as well as an additional $300 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation weekly benefit. The ...
Read More Help is on the way for unemployment, rent relief