Department of Numbers

Hawaii Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Hawaii fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2015 to 3.2%. 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 4.1 percentage points lower. You can also see Hawaii unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
Hawaii 3.2% -0.1 -0.8

Note: All comparisons are made with December data as January state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Hawaii, National

Hawaii monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to December 2015

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Hawaii Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Hawaii peaked in July 2009 at 46,375. There are now 24,213 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 22,117 in November 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 45. Hawaii job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Hawaii 22,162 +45 -4,918

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Hawaii from 1990 to December 2015

Hawaii Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Hawaii
Unemployment Rate
Hawaii
Unemployed
January 2016 4.9%
December 2015 5.0% 3.2% 22,162
November 2015 5.0% 3.3% 22,117
October 2015 5.0% 3.3% 22,578
September 2015 5.1% 3.4% 23,178
August 2015 5.1% 3.5% 23,756
July 2015 5.3% 3.7% 24,814
June 2015 5.3% 4.0% 26,908
May 2015 5.5% 4.1% 27,489
April 2015 5.4% 4.1% 27,605
March 2015 5.5% 4.1% 27,721
February 2015 5.5% 4.1% 28,011