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Study: Maui Ranks #2 in US of Areas by Share of Jobs in Industries at High Risk from COVID-19

March 29, 2020, 8:25 PM HST
* Updated March 30, 6:16 PM
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Grand Wailea Resort, Maui. Photo file by Wendy Osher.

A new study by Brookings Institution ranks the metro area of Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina on Maui at number two in the nation by share of jobs in industries at high risk from COVID-19.

Three researchers with the Metropolitan Policy Program looked into employment and industries most “vulnerable to disruption by virus-related demand declines, shutdowns, and layoffs.”

The nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC also outlined most at-risk industry groups, which included leisure and hospitality.

During a press conference on Friday, Maui Mayor Michael Victorino said 14 hotels had already closed on island, resulting in 5,000 to 6,000 layoffs.

Leading the list is Midland, an oil-and-gas town in Texas with 42% of its workforce in high-risk industries, according to the report.

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Maui has more than a third of its workforce (32,092 employees) or 40.4% of its workforce in industries threatened by coronavirus-related uncertainties, according to the report, (which sourced Zandi’s “COVID-19 A Fiscal Stimulus Plan,” Moody’s Analytics 2020 and Brookings analysis of Emsi data).

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Other areas suffering similar impacts from impacts within the hospitality and leisure sector include Atlantic City, New Jersey and Las Vegas, Nevada.

The full Brookings Institution report by Mark Muro – Senior Fellow and Policy Director, Robert Maxim – Research Associate, and Jacob Whiton – Research Analyst at the Metropolitan Policy Program, is available HERE.

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