Department of Numbers

Hawaii Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Hawaii fell 0.4 percentage points in September 2021 to 6.6%. The state unemployment rate was 1.8 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 15.3 percentage points lower. You can also see Hawaii unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate September 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.8% -0.4 -3.0
Hawaii 6.6% -0.4 -8.2

Unemployment Rate: Hawaii, National

Hawaii monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to September 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 97,227 fewer people unemployed in the state. Hawaii job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Hawaii 42,982 -2,576 -47,444

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Hawaii Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Hawaii
Unemployment Rate
Hawaii
Unemployed
September 2021 4.8% 6.6% 42,982
August 2021 5.2% 7.0% 45,558
July 2021 5.4% 7.3% 47,177
June 2021 5.9% 7.7% 49,666
May 2021 5.8% 8.0% 52,077
April 2021 6.1% 8.5% 55,180
March 2021 6.0% 9.1% 59,081
February 2021 6.2% 9.2% 60,578
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