Department of Numbers

Hawaii Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Hawaii fell 0.0 percentage points in January 2020 to 2.7%. 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 4.6 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 January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% +0.1 -0.4
Hawaii 2.7% 0.0 -0.1

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

Unemployment Rate: Hawaii, National

Hawaii monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to January 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Hawaii Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Hawaii peaked in July 2009 at 46,338. There are now 28,582 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 15,263 in November 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,493. Hawaii job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Hawaii 17,756 +90 -731

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Hawaii from 1990 to January 2020

Hawaii Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Hawaii
Unemployment Rate
Hawaii
Unemployed
February 2020 3.5%
January 2020 3.6% 2.7% 17,756
December 2019 3.5% 2.7% 17,666
November 2019 3.5% 2.6% 17,666
October 2019 3.6% 2.7% 17,735
September 2019 3.5% 2.7% 17,902
August 2019 3.7% 2.7% 18,058
July 2019 3.7% 2.7% 18,157
June 2019 3.7% 2.7% 18,190
May 2019 3.6% 2.7% 18,178
April 2019 3.6% 2.7% 18,196
March 2019 3.8% 2.8% 18,273