Department of Numbers

Hawaii Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Hawaii fell 0.1 percentage points in August 2016 to 3.4%. The state unemployment rate was 1.5 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 3.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.1% in February 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also see Hawaii unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate August 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% 0.0 -0.2
Hawaii 3.4% -0.1 -0.1

Unemployment Rate: Hawaii, National

Hawaii monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to August 2016

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Hawaii Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Hawaii peaked in July 2009 at 46,375. There are now 22,828 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 21,195 in February 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,352. Hawaii job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Hawaii 23,547 -153 -136

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Hawaii from 1990 to August 2016

Hawaii Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Hawaii
Unemployment Rate
Hawaii
Unemployed
August 2016 4.9% 3.4% 23,547
July 2016 4.9% 3.5% 23,700
June 2016 4.9% 3.4% 23,038
May 2016 4.7% 3.2% 22,354
April 2016 5.0% 3.2% 21,976
March 2016 5.0% 3.1% 21,542
February 2016 4.9% 3.1% 21,195
January 2016 4.9% 3.2% 21,621
December 2015 5.0% 3.3% 22,352
November 2015 5.0% 3.3% 22,602
October 2015 5.0% 3.4% 22,941
September 2015 5.1% 3.4% 23,305