Department of Numbers

Hawaii Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Hawaii fell 0.3 percentage points in October 2017 to 2.2%. The state unemployment rate was 1.9 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 5.1 percentage points lower. You can also see Hawaii unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% -0.1 -0.7
Hawaii 2.2% -0.3 -0.7

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

Unemployment Rate: Hawaii, National

Hawaii monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to October 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 31,231 fewer people unemployed in the state. Hawaii job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Hawaii 15,144 -1,863 -5,020

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Hawaii Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Hawaii
Unemployment Rate
Hawaii
Unemployed
November 2017 4.1%
October 2017 4.1% 2.2% 15,144
September 2017 4.2% 2.5% 17,007
August 2017 4.4% 2.6% 18,038
July 2017 4.3% 2.7% 18,668
June 2017 4.4% 2.8% 19,149
May 2017 4.3% 2.7% 19,179
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