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Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, Hawaii Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Kahului fell 1.3 percentage points in May 2020 to 33.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 10.0 percentage points higher than the Hawaii rate. The unemployment rate in Kahului peaked in April 2020 at 34.8% and is now 1.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare Kahului unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Hawaii 23.5% -0.3 +20.8
Kahului 33.5% -1.3 +30.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 30,862. There are now 2,325 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Kahului 28,537 -2,325 +26,273

Number of Unemployed Persons

Kahului, Hawaii Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Hawaii
Unemployment Rate
Kahului
Unemployment Rate
Kahului
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1% 13.9%
May
2020
13.3% 23.5% 33.5% 28,537
April
2020
14.7% 23.8% 34.8% 30,862
March
2020
4.4% 2.4% 2.1% 1,843
February
2020
3.5% 2.7% 2.6% 2,298
January
2020
3.6% 2.7% 2.6% 2,269
December
2019
3.5% 2.7% 2.5% 2,210
November
2019
3.5% 2.6% 2.6% 2,219
October
2019
3.6% 2.7% 2.6% 2,228
September
2019
3.5% 2.7% 2.6% 2,235
August
2019
3.7% 2.7% 2.6% 2,239
July
2019
3.7% 2.7% 2.6% 2,239

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.