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Hawaii economic well-being ranks in Top 5

By Erika Engle

LAST UPDATED: 08:35 a.m. HST, Mar 04, 2014

A monthly study finds Hawaii's economic well-being among the top five among the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Several states experienced relatively significant increases and decreases month-to-month with Hawaii's increase at .8 points.

The Connecticut-based DIVER Geo Score results for February show the top states share common characteristics, including declines in unemployment and increases in labor force participation and housing prices, while nine of the 10 experienced declines in poverty.

No. Dakota was the top-ranked state with a score of 10 points, followed by the District of Columbia at 9.8, Vermont at 9.6, Wyoming at 9.4 and Hawaii at 9.2.

In scores by county, ranked at No. 12 was Yolo, Calif. which rose 3.2 points over a month ago due to rising employment and other factors.

The analysis is compiled by Lumesis Inc. for use by municipalities across the U.S.

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Maneki_Neko wrote:
So stop all that monku-monku about affordable condos, traffic problems and bad infrastructure. Lucky you live Hawaii, yo.
on March 4,2014 | 08:06AM
serious wrote:
I don't understand this economic well being. I just read that NY, CA, District of Columbia and Hawaii ranked as the problem places to go bankrupt due to their underfunded responsibilities!!!!
on March 4,2014 | 09:58AM
sailfish1 wrote:
Hawaii is no. 1 - who would prefer to live in North Dakota, DC, Vermont, and Wyoming when they can live in Hawaii?
on March 4,2014 | 10:40AM
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