Commercial rent survey finds more businesses suffering; organizer pushes for government help – Honolulu, Hawaii news, sports & weather

Tanaka, who worked with state economist Eugene Tian of the State of Hawai‘i Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) to crunch the numbers, says four industries in particular are most at risk. “Restaurant, retail, entertainment, and wholesale trade. These businesses employ a third of our workforce; over 200,000 jobs. If half of them close, we could lose well over 100,000 jobs,” he spells out.