Economic Research Program Manager
Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism
Completing shift share and location quotient breakdowns for every industry in a state, even when that state is Hawaii, can be an overwhelming task. But with EMSI’s analysis, Robert Shore and his staff at the Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism have found it to be a manageable endeavor. Shore’s Regional Analysis and Performance branch hopes to better identify Hawaii’s growing, emerging, transitioning, and declining industries by looking at regional competitiveness and relative concentration. The state-commissioned staff can do all this inside EMSI’s tool, which allows users to get a broad overview (two-digit NAICS codes) or a detailed look (six-digit codes). Another goal in the report is to focus on emerging industries not related to tourism, a large part of the Hawaiian economy that is starting to suffer a downturn after years of robust growth. The early results point to small but emerging sectors tied to research and development and custom computer programming.