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Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, Hawaii Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Kahului fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2021 to 12.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 3.3 percentage points higher than the Hawaii rate. The unemployment rate in Kahului peaked in April 2020 at 34.8% and is now 22.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 12.5% in January 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Kahului unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Hawaii 9.2% -1.1 +7.1
Kahului 12.5% 0.0 +9.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 data as March 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 20,673 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 10,136 in January 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 53.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Kahului 10,189 +53 +7,891

Number of Unemployed Persons

Kahului, Hawaii Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Hawaii
Unemployment Rate
Kahului
Unemployment Rate
Kahului
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 9.2% 12.5% 10,189
January
2021
6.3% 10.3% 12.5% 10,136
December
2020
6.7% 10.3% 13.2% 10,628
November
2020
6.7% 10.3% 16.0% 13,322
October
2020
6.9% 14.0% 21.8% 18,040
September
2020
7.8% 14.8% 22.9% 18,056
August
2020
8.4% 14.1% 21.4% 17,383
July
2020
10.2% 14.1% 21.9% 17,956
June
2020
11.1% 14.1% 21.2% 17,206
May
2020
13.3% 21.9% 34.1% 28,951
April
2020
14.8% 21.9% 34.8% 30,862

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.