Department of Numbers

Hawaii Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Hawaii rose 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 2.3%. The state unemployment rate was 1.4 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 5.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.0% in April 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also see Hawaii unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Hawaii 2.3% +0.1 +0.2

Unemployment Rate: Hawaii, National

Hawaii monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to October 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 30,596 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 13,974 in May 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,768. Hawaii job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Hawaii 15,742 +675 +1,171

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Hawaii Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Hawaii
Unemployment Rate
Hawaii
Unemployed
October 2018 3.7% 2.3% 15,742
September 2018 3.7% 2.2% 15,067
August 2018 3.9% 2.1% 14,633
July 2018 3.9% 2.1% 14,362
June 2018 4.0% 2.1% 14,191
May 2018 3.8% 2.0% 13,974
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