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 2016 to 2.9%. 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 4.4 percentage points lower. You can also see Hawaii unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% +0.1 -0.3
Hawaii 2.9% -0.1 -0.4

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 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 26,370 fewer people unemployed in the state. Hawaii job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Hawaii 20,005 -651 -2,347

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Hawaii Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Hawaii
Unemployment Rate
Hawaii
Unemployed
January 2017 4.8%
December 2016 4.7% 2.9% 20,005
November 2016 4.6% 3.0% 20,656
October 2016 4.8% 3.2% 21,872
September 2016 4.9% 3.3% 22,588
August 2016 4.9% 3.4% 23,555
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