Department of Numbers

Hawaii Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Hawaii fell 0.1 percentage points in March 2017 to 2.7%. The state unemployment rate was 1.8 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. You can also see Hawaii unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate March 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.5% -0.2 -0.5
Hawaii 2.7% -0.1 -0.4

Unemployment Rate: Hawaii, National

Hawaii monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to March 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 27,280 fewer people unemployed in the state. Hawaii job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Hawaii 19,095 -499 -1,971

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Hawaii Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Hawaii
Unemployment Rate
Hawaii
Unemployed
March 2017 4.5% 2.7% 19,095
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
May 2016 4.7% 3.1% 21,111
April 2016 5.0% 3.1% 21,110