Join PBS Hawai‘i Town Hall, Asking Where Are The Workers?

The local station’s Kākou program facilitates a community discussion around worker shortages, on Thursday, Jan. 26.  
PBS Hawaii for Honolulu Magazine 2023: Image of text signs that read: Now Hiring, Staff Wanted, We're Hiring
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Recent signals point to an economy that’s starting to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, but the “Now Hiring“ and “Help Wanted” signs in the windows of many local businesses tell a different story. Worker shortages are a concerning trend across the country, including in Hawaiʻi, which had the nation’s lowest unemployment rate before the pandemic.


So, what’s happening with the workforce? Where are all the workers ? Has the move to remote work for many during lockdown had a more permanent effect? How can people who are no longer in the workforce afford the cost of living in the Islands? What jobs are they taking instead?


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Community involvement on issues like this is key, and one of the most effective ways to have these discussions is in a town hall-style setting.


In 2023, PBS Hawaiʻi will feature monthly installments of Kākou: Hawaiʻi’s Town Hall, bringing together the public and leaders in the community to address problems and find common ground. This month’s episode of Kākou asks: Where Are The Workers? During the live, 90-minute program, viewer questions are encouraged; you can pose them through email, phone and online.


Kākou: Hawaiʻi’s Town Hall – Where Are The Workers?, Thursday, Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m.
Broadcast on PBS Hawai‘i and streaming live on, YouTube and Facebook



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