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Hawaii grapples with Great Depression-level unemployment as tourism plummets

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  1. Silbern
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    As a resident of Hawaii and a university student, can 100% confirm. All of our internship and job listings have pretty much gone silent, and many/probably most local businesses I know are in...

    As a resident of Hawaii and a university student, can 100% confirm. All of our internship and job listings have pretty much gone silent, and many/probably most local businesses I know are in various states of shutdown. Pretty much the only people who are doing alright right now are those who are directly employed by the Federal government, even state government workers are eyeing getting furloughed. Hawaii's always been challenging expense wise, but this is something else, I don't know how we're going to get through this if a vaccine is still over a year away. A lot of people are losing their livelihoods and life savings, and I shudder to think if the big-box mainland businesses replace our local ones.

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  2. arp242
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    I currently live in Bali, and it has similar problems. There's also little government aid (which seems busy with other things), although most locals seem to get along kind-of okay due to social...

    I currently live in Bali, and it has similar problems. There's also little government aid (which seems busy with other things), although most locals seem to get along kind-of okay due to social cohesion. For example my girlfriend sends money to her cousin etc. It also has a lot of farming, and can be more or less self-sustainable for basic needs. I fear things will start getting properly desperate sooner or later though, and that once they open the borders to get the economy going again it'll be a huge hotspot :-/

    Funniest part is that while they're desperate to get tourism up again they're also starting to kick out the foreigners already here on overstay permits. Monty Python logic 🙃

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  3. viridian
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    It's a pretty unfortunate situation, but this article had me laughing and I don't think it was the intent: I don't think Kaufman means what the author thinks he means.

    It's a pretty unfortunate situation, but this article had me laughing and I don't think it was the intent:

    Kaufman said he has been surviving on savings and even tried "intermittent fasting."

    I don't think Kaufman means what the author thinks he means.

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