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Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, Hawaii Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Kahului fell 0.6 percentage points in July 2021 to 10.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.8 percentage points higher than the Hawaii rate. The unemployment rate in Kahului peaked in April 2020 at 33.0% and is now 22.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare Kahului unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Hawaii 7.3% -0.4 -6.8
Kahului 10.1% -0.6 -13.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August 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 19,961 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Kahului 8,073 -502 -10,585

Number of Unemployed Persons

Kahului, Hawaii Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Hawaii
Unemployment Rate
Kahului
Unemployment Rate
Kahului
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 7.3% 10.1% 8,073
June
2021
5.9% 7.7% 10.7% 8,575
May
2021
5.8% 8.0% 11.2% 9,055
April
2021
6.1% 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
6.3% 10.3% 14.6% 11,867
December
2020
6.7% 10.3% 14.5% 11,773
November
2020
6.7% 10.3% 16.8% 13,844
October
2020
6.9% 14.0% 22.1% 18,105
September
2020
7.8% 14.8% 23.5% 18,040

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.