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The UHERO Dashboard Project Jobs Explorer : Occupations in Hawaii

Posted October 8, 2013 | Categories: Blog

The Hawaii Jobs Explorer, the first interactive tool to be released as a part of the ongoing UHERO Dashboard Project, is now available for public use. The Hawaii Jobs Explorer is a thorough examination of occupations and salaries in the state of Hawaii, presented in a visual, easy-to-navigate context. The data-rich design allows users to explore multiple facets of the occupations data, including median salaries, number of jobs, and percentage of statewide employment as well as allowing them to compare both individual occupations and broad occupation categories.


The Hawaii Jobs Explorer was designed and developed by UHERO’s data team using d3.js technology. The occupations are presented as a “Treemap”, a type of graphic that subdivides an area into smaller areas that illustrate relative proportions.



The UHERO Dashboard Project, initially a series of static visualizations released during the summer of 2013, was launched on Facebook to encourage feedback from the community. The “Occupations by Median Annual Salary” was selected as the starting point for the inaugural interactive tool because of its popularity, wide-reaching relevance, and success in stimulating discussion on the Facebook discussion forum.
The goal of the UHERO Dashboard Project is to produce a collection of indicators and visualizations that not only summarize the status of Hawaii’s economy, but update the community on the features of the economy that are relevant to them.


Data for The Hawaii Jobs Explorer was drawn from the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program, which produces employment and wage estimates annually for over 800 occupations. These estimates are available for the nation as a whole, for individual states and for metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas; national occupation estimates for specific industries are also available.
The State Occupational and Wage Estimates for Hawaii were calculated with data collected from employers of all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in Hawaii.


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