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Urban Honolulu, Hawaii Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Urban Honolulu fell 0.0 percentage points in November 2017 to 1.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Hawaii rate. The unemployment rate in Urban Honolulu peaked in May 2009 at 6.2% and is now 4.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 1.8% in October 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Urban Honolulu unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
Hawaii 2.0% -0.2 -0.9
Urban Honolulu 1.8% 0.0 -0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Urban Honolulu, Hawaii, National

Urban Honolulu, Hawaii monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Urban Honolulu, Hawaii Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Urban Honolulu peaked in October 2011 at 27,388. There are now 18,626 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 8,715 in October 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 47. Urban Honolulu employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Urban Honolulu, Hawaii) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Urban Honolulu 8,762 +47 -4,085

Number of Unemployed Persons

Urban Honolulu, Hawaii Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Hawaii
Unemployment Rate
Urban Honolulu
Unemployment Rate
Urban Honolulu
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 2.0% 1.8% 8,762
October
2017
4.1% 2.2% 1.8% 8,715
September
2017
4.2% 2.5% 2.2% 10,407
August
2017
4.4% 2.6% 2.3% 11,090
July
2017
4.3% 2.7% 2.3% 10,901
June
2017
4.3% 2.8% 2.6% 12,261
May
2017
4.3% 2.7% 2.7% 12,876
April
2017
4.4% 2.7% 2.5% 12,227
March
2017
4.5% 2.7% 2.6% 12,418
February
2017
4.7% 2.8% 2.7% 13,040
January
2017
4.8% 2.8% 2.7% 13,150

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.