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Tuna Cannery Closure Still Affects American Samoa’s Economy American Samoa, December 12, 12

American Samoa’s economy has not recovered from 2009’s closure of a local tuna cannery – which used to be one of the territory’s largest employers – according to David Robinson, president of the American Samoan Chamber of Commerce.
He told an Australian radio station on Tuesday that many of the 2,100 former factory workers remain out of work.
American Samoa’s economy is currently suffering from a “very high” unemployment rate, between 18-20%, estimated Robinson, and the Bank of Hawaii has plans to close its branches on the island early next year.
Robinson said the incoming government needs to encourage new investment and job opportunities so there’s more disposable income in the local economy. He said the Chamber of Commerce is looking forward to closer relations with the new cabinet and hopes that the private sector can take on a larger role in the future.