Department of Numbers

Hawaii Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Hawaii fell 4.1 percentage points in November 2020 to 10.1%. The state unemployment rate was 3.4 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Hawaii peaked in April 2020 at 23.8% and is now 13.7 percentage points lower. You can also see Hawaii unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Hawaii 10.1% -4.1 +7.5

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

Unemployment Rate: Hawaii, National

Hawaii monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to November 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Hawaii Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Hawaii peaked in April 2020 at 150,910. There are now 84,484 fewer people unemployed in the state. Hawaii job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Hawaii 66,426 -24,812 +48,760

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Hawaii Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Hawaii
Unemployment Rate
Hawaii
Unemployed
December 2020 6.7%
November 2020 6.7% 10.1% 66,426
October 2020 6.9% 14.2% 91,238
September 2020 7.8% 15.0% 92,039
August 2020 8.4% 13.0% 82,822
July 2020 10.2% 13.5% 86,079
June 2020 11.1% 13.4% 84,481
May 2020 13.3% 23.5% 147,365
April 2020 14.8% 23.8% 150,910
March 2020 4.4% 2.4% 15,957
February 2020 3.5% 2.7% 17,857
January 2020 3.5% 2.7% 17,792