Department of Numbers

Hawaii Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Hawaii fell 0.0 percentage points in May 2017 to 2.7%. The state unemployment rate was 1.6 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Hawaii peaked in May 2009 at 7.3% and is now 4.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.7% in March 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Hawaii unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.3% -0.1 -0.4
Hawaii 2.7% 0.0 -0.4

Unemployment Rate: Hawaii, National

Hawaii monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 2017

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Hawaii Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Hawaii peaked in July 2009 at 46,375. There are now 27,228 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 18,940 in April 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 207. Hawaii job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Hawaii 19,147 +207 -1,964

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Hawaii from 1990 to May 2017

Hawaii Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Hawaii
Unemployment Rate
Hawaii
Unemployed
May 2017 4.3% 2.7% 19,147
April 2017 4.4% 2.7% 18,940
March 2017 4.5% 2.7% 19,154
February 2017 4.7% 2.8% 19,594
January 2017 4.8% 2.8% 19,735
December 2016 4.7% 2.9% 19,859
November 2016 4.6% 2.9% 19,992
October 2016 4.8% 2.9% 20,164
September 2016 4.9% 3.0% 20,371
August 2016 4.9% 3.0% 20,609
July 2016 4.9% 3.0% 20,849
June 2016 4.9% 3.1% 21,031