Department of Numbers

Hawaii Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Hawaii fell 0.0 percentage points in July 2019 to 2.8%. The state unemployment rate was 0.9 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 4.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.2% in October 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also see Hawaii unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
Hawaii 2.8% 0.0 +0.3

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

Unemployment Rate: Hawaii, National

Hawaii monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to July 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 27,995 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 15,279 in November 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,064. Hawaii job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Hawaii 18,343 -314 +1,607

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Hawaii Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Hawaii
Unemployment Rate
Hawaii
Unemployed
August 2019 3.7%
July 2019 3.7% 2.8% 18,343
June 2019 3.7% 2.8% 18,657
May 2019 3.6% 2.8% 18,925
April 2019 3.6% 2.8% 18,985
March 2019 3.8% 2.8% 18,675
February 2019 3.8% 2.7% 18,292
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