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Hawaii with an area of 28313 sq km 10932 sq mi is the 43rd largest state in the US 69 of the land is owned by the federal government It consists mainly of the Hawaiian Islands eight main islands and 124 islets reefs and shoals The major islands in order of size are Hawaii Maui Oahu Kauai Molokai Lanai Nihau and Kahoolawe Population growth has increased by 80000 persons over the past five years Demographics show a large number of Hispanic origin Asian Hispanics are the most populated with white Hispanic and Asian non-Hispanic following Hawaiis economy has been long dominated by plantation agriculture and military spending As agriculture has declined in importance the economy has diversified to encompass a large tourist business and a growing manufacturing industryHawaiis economy has changed drastically since statehood In 1958 defense sugar and pineapple were the primary economic activities accounting for 40 of Gross State Product GSP In contrast visitor-related expenditures stood at just over 4 of Hawaiis GSP prior to statehood Today the positions are reversed sugar and pineapple constitute about 1 of GSP defense accounts for just under 11 while visitor-related spending comes close to 24 of Hawaiis GSPThe movement toward a service- and trade-based economy becomes even more apparent when considering the distribution of Hawaiis jobs across sectors The share of the economys jobs accounted for by manufacturing and agriculture have declined steadily since 1959 and each currently makes up less than 4 of total jobs in the economy At the same time the shares of jobs in wholesale and retail trade and in services have risen standing at about 23 and 28 respectivelySince 1991 Hawaiis economy has suffered from rising rates of unemployment This stands in marked contrast to the period 1980 to 1993 when the state enjoyed very low unemployment rates relative to the nation as a whole But by 1994 the recession had raised Hawaiis unemployment rate to the national average 61 for
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