UHERO Hawai’i Quarterly Forecast Update: Cooling Economy Faces U.S. Headwinds

The weakening U.S. economy and the persistence of high energy prices lead us to mark down a bit our Hawai’i growth estimates for the end of this year and 2008. However, we do not yet see an end to the current long economic expansion. Moderate job growth will continue next year, and real income will recover to nearly 2% growth. The visitor industry, which saw modest declines in arrivals and sluggish spending this year, will be essentially flat in 2008 before strengthening U.S. and Japanese economies begins to resuscitate travel in 2009. As we noted in our recent global outlook report, risks to the world economy have risen, and this leaves Hawai’i more exposed should a broad mainland downturn occur. 

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