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Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, Hawaii Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Kahului fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2018 to 2.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Hawaii rate. The unemployment rate in Kahului peaked in May 2009 at 9.4% and is now 7.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.0% in October 2017, 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 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
Hawaii 2.1% 0.0 -0.6
Kahului 2.0% -0.1 -1.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2018 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 August 2009 at 7,179. There are now 5,438 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,740 in October 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1.

Unemployed Persons February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Kahului 1,741 -28 -1,021

Number of Unemployed Persons

Kahului, Hawaii Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Hawaii
Unemployment Rate
Kahului
Unemployment Rate
Kahului
Unemployed
March
2018
4.1%
February
2018
4.1% 2.1% 2.0% 1,741
January
2018
4.1% 2.1% 2.1% 1,769
December
2017
4.1% 2.1% 2.1% 1,758
November
2017
4.1% 2.1% 2.0% 1,745
October
2017
4.1% 2.1% 2.0% 1,740
September
2017
4.2% 2.2% 2.4% 2,026
August
2017
4.4% 2.2% 2.6% 2,217
July
2017
4.3% 2.3% 2.7% 2,373
June
2017
4.3% 2.4% 3.1% 2,682
May
2017
4.3% 2.4% 3.2% 2,785
April
2017
4.4% 2.5% 3.1% 2,735

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.