Department of Numbers

Hawaii Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Hawaii fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2019 to 2.7%. The state unemployment rate was 1.1 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 4.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.2% in October 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also see Hawaii unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Hawaii 2.7% 0.0 +0.4

Unemployment Rate: Hawaii, National

Hawaii monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to February 2019

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Hawaii Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Hawaii peaked in July 2009 at 46,338. There are now 28,108 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 15,279 in November 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,951. Hawaii job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Hawaii 18,230 +223 +2,792

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Hawaii from 1990 to February 2019

Hawaii Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Hawaii
Unemployment Rate
Hawaii
Unemployed
February 2019 3.8% 2.7% 18,230
January 2019 4.0% 2.7% 18,007
December 2018 3.9% 2.6% 17,649
November 2018 3.7% 2.6% 17,706
October 2018 3.8% 2.6% 17,726
September 2018 3.7% 2.6% 17,523
August 2018 3.8% 2.5% 17,176
July 2018 3.9% 2.5% 16,736
June 2018 4.0% 2.4% 16,292
May 2018 3.8% 2.3% 15,942
April 2018 3.9% 2.3% 15,694
March 2018 4.0% 2.3% 15,535