Can locals afford to take time off?UPDATED 8:06 PM HST Sep 01, 2014Video Transcript
to celebrate the American worker many residents of the Aloha state just can't afford to take time off to enjoy the holiday. KITV4's Pete Caggiano has a pretty alarming look at just how much it takes to keep a roof over your head here in Hawaii.. 18-24 46-53 pres. Barack Obama 48:39-48:44 "THERE IS NO DENYING A SIMPLE TRUTH, AMERICA DESERVES A RAISE." President Obama's words today will find plenty of agreement among wage workers in Hawai'i this Labor day. Like Jennifer Joseph. She makes more than that these days... But still needs two jobs to afford her slice of paradise. 08:32-37 Jennifer Joseph I PICK UP BABYSITTING JOBS IN THE EVENING AND I MAKE EXTRA MONEY THAT WAY Jennifer spends many of her days including holidays like today managing the Mocha Java Café in Ward center. She's a single mom who raised a son here in the Aloha state, finding ways to save money every step of the way .. Jennifer Joseph Manager Mocha Java café 07:46-7:55 I'VE ALSO LEARNED OVER THE YEARS YOU FIND GOOD ROOMMATES AND YOU SHARE AND THAT'S THE PRICE YOU PAY pete Caggiano 17:18-25 Stand up "WHILE MANY ARE ENJOYING ALL THE SUN AND FUN A LABOR DAY IN HAWAII HAS TO OFFER SOME JUST CAN'T AFFORD TO TAKE THE TIME OFF" And that fact is reinforced by 2014 data from the National Low Income Housing Coalition. The average rent for a two bedroom apartment in Hawai'i is over 1600 hundred dollars. When you take into account the standard recommendation of spending no more than 30% of your income on housing, you would have to work 174 hours a week at minimum wage to afford a 2 bedroom apartment....which is tough to do considering there's only 168 hours in week. Jennifer Joseph Manager Mocha Java café 11:11-11:25 IT'S A LITTLE TRICKY BECAUSE SOME OF THE BUSINESS OWNERS ARE BARELY MAKING IT JUST WITH INSURANCE THE COST OF PRODUCTS AND THE COST TO RUN A BUSINESS SO I THINK YOU HAVE TO BE REALLY CAREFUL Hawaii lawmakers passed a minimum wage hike... So by 2018 it will be $10.10. And don't forget the perks... Jennifer Joseph Manager Mocha Java café 11:38-45 THE BEAUTY OF THE OUTDOORS THE THINGS WE GET TO DO HERE I'VE JUST DECIDED IT'S THE PRICE YOU PAY TO LIVE HERE Workers in Hawaii have to work more hours than any other state in order to afford an apartment. In second place New York. The hope is the new increased minimum wage coming will help but some detractors of the legislation believe it will just cost jobs.