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Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, Hawaii Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Kahului fell 0.5 percentage points in November 2021 to 7.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.9 percentage points higher than the Hawaii rate. The unemployment rate in Kahului peaked in April 2020 at 33.0% and is now 25.1 percentage points lower. You can also compare Kahului unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
Hawaii 6.0% -0.4 -4.3
Kahului 7.9% -0.5 -8.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Kahului, Hawaii, National

Kahului, Hawaii monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Kahului, Hawaii Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Kahului peaked in April 2020 at 28,034. There are now 21,668 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Kahului 6,366 -406 -7,478

Number of Unemployed Persons

Kahului, Hawaii Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Hawaii
Unemployment Rate
Kahului
Unemployment Rate
Kahului
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 6.0% 7.9% 6,366
October
2021
4.6% 6.4% 8.4% 6,772
September
2021
4.7% 6.6% 8.9% 7,175
August
2021
5.2% 7.0% 9.5% 7,634
July
2021
5.4% 7.3% 10.1% 8,071
June
2021
5.9% 7.7% 10.7% 8,575
May
2021
5.8% 8.0% 11.2% 9,055
April
2021
6.0% 8.5% 12.0% 9,721
March
2021
6.0% 9.1% 12.9% 10,407
February
2021
6.2% 9.2% 12.9% 10,521
January
2021
6.4% 10.3% 14.6% 11,867

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.