Bill Text: HI SCR86 | 2014 | Regular Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Unemployment Rate; Department of Labor and Industrial Relations; Report

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 7-0)

Status: (Introduced - Dead) 2014-03-13 - Referred to JDL, WAM. [SCR86 Detail]

Download: Hawaii-2014-SCR86-Introduced.html

THE SENATE

S.C.R. NO.

86

TWENTY-SEVENTH LEGISLATURE, 2014

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

SENATE CONCURRENT

RESOLUTION

 

 

urging the department of labor and industrial relations to report a broader measure of the State's unemployment rate by reporting u-6 figures along SIDE U-3 FIgures.

 

 


     WHEREAS, currently, the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations is required to report figures on the total unemployed population as a percent of civilian labor force, known as U-3, which is used as the official unemployment rate for the State; and

 

     WHEREAS, according to a report by the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations on January 26, 2014, the average percent of unemployment in Hawaii using U-3 figures for the fourth quarter of 2012 through the third quarter of 2013 was 4.8; and

 

     WHEREAS, there are, however, several additional alternative measures of labor utilization, U-6 being the most comprehensive because it includes the total unemployed, plus all marginally attached workers, plus the total employed part-time for economic reasons, as a percent of the civilian labor force plus all marginally attached workers; and

 

     WHEREAS, in the same report by the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, the average percent of unemployment in Hawaii using U-6 figures for the same time period was 11.3 percent; and

 

     WHEREAS, while the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations does report U-6 figures, these figures are often in the technical notes or footnotes; and

 

     WHEREAS, to allow policy makers and analysts to address issues related to unemployment in the State, the most comprehensive figures and statistics need to be easily accessible; now, therefore,

 

     BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Twenty-seventh Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2014, the House of Representatives concurring, that the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations is urged to report a broader measure of the State's unemployment rate by reporting U-6 figures alongside the U-3 figures in the main text of reports and press releases related to the State's unemployment rate; and

 

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a certified copy of this Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Director of Labor and Industrial Relations.

 

 

 

 

OFFERED BY:

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Report Title: 

Unemployment Rate; Department of Labor and Industrial Relations; Report

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