Department of Numbers

Hawaii Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Hawaii fell 0.4 percentage points in May 2021 to 8.1%. The state unemployment rate was 2.3 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Hawaii peaked in April 2020 at 21.9% and is now 13.8 percentage points lower. You can also see Hawaii unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
Hawaii 8.1% -0.4 -13.8

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

Unemployment Rate: Hawaii, National

Hawaii monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 2021

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Hawaii Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Hawaii peaked in May 2020 at 140,209. There are now 88,060 fewer people unemployed in the state. Hawaii job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Hawaii 52,149 -3,031 -88,060

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Hawaii from 1990 to May 2021

Hawaii Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Hawaii
Unemployment Rate
Hawaii
Unemployed
June 2021 5.9%
May 2021 5.8% 8.1% 52,149
April 2021 6.1% 8.5% 55,180
March 2021 6.0% 9.1% 59,081
February 2021 6.2% 9.2% 60,578
January 2021 6.3% 10.3% 67,650
December 2020 6.7% 10.3% 67,419
November 2020 6.7% 10.3% 67,544
October 2020 6.9% 14.0% 89,920
September 2020 7.8% 14.8% 90,426
August 2020 8.4% 14.1% 90,683
July 2020 10.2% 14.1% 90,605