Department of Numbers

Hawaii Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Hawaii fell 1.1 percentage points in February 2021 to 9.2%. The state unemployment rate was 3.0 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 12.7 percentage points lower. You can also see Hawaii unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Hawaii 9.2% -1.1 +7.1

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

Unemployment Rate: Hawaii, National

Hawaii monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to February 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 80,065 fewer people unemployed in the state. Hawaii job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Hawaii 60,144 -7,506 +46,355

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Hawaii Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Hawaii
Unemployment Rate
Hawaii
Unemployed
March 2021 6.0%
February 2021 6.2% 9.2% 60,144
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
June 2020 11.1% 14.1% 90,108
May 2020 13.3% 21.9% 140,209
April 2020 14.8% 21.9% 139,635