Hawaii, the chain of islands formed by
volcanic eruptions thousands of years ago, was the last state to enter the Union
in 1959. Comprised of eight “main islands”, the state of Hawaii is
world-renowned for its reputation as one of the most beautiful places on
Temperatures fluctuate between the low 60’s in
“winter” and highs in the upper 80’s on “summer” days. The trade winds blowing
from the East add to the tropical climate, which his conducive to growing crops
such as coffee, pineapple, and sugar cane. Sandalwood and macadamia nuts are
also popular agricultural exports as well. There is much
more to the Hawaiian economy besides pineapple, however.
Tourism is actually the largest “export” for Hawaii, contributing to 24% of the
Gross State Product in 2010. The U.S. military is also highly intertwined in
Hawaii’s economy, with 75,000 Department of Defense personnel stationed at several
military bases there.
While the taxes are the highest per Capita here,
these taxes provide state-funded college education, health care, and Social
Service, the only state in the country to do this.
The states’ unemployment record is well underneath
the current national average, 6.9% compared to 9.0% as last measured in late
Additional information can be found
regarding Hawaii's economy and key employers by visiting Wikipedia: Hawaii Economy.