Department of Numbers

Hawaii Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Hawaii fell 0.0 percentage points in May 2018 to 2.0%. The state unemployment rate was 1.8 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 5.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.0% in April 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Hawaii unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.1 -0.5
Hawaii 2.0% 0.0 -0.4

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 2018

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Hawaii Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Hawaii peaked in July 2009 at 46,338. There are now 32,373 fewer people unemployed in the state. Hawaii job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Hawaii 13,965 -52 -2,780

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Hawaii from 1990 to May 2018

Hawaii Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Hawaii
Unemployment Rate
Hawaii
Unemployed
June 2018 4.0%
May 2018 3.8% 2.0% 13,965
April 2018 3.9% 2.0% 14,017
March 2018 4.1% 2.1% 14,084
February 2018 4.1% 2.1% 14,157
January 2018 4.1% 2.1% 14,371
December 2017 4.1% 2.1% 14,670
November 2017 4.1% 2.1% 14,606
October 2017 4.1% 2.1% 14,571
September 2017 4.2% 2.2% 14,777
August 2017 4.4% 2.2% 15,133
July 2017 4.3% 2.3% 15,613