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Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, Hawaii Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Kahului fell 0.1 percentage points in July 2019 to 2.7%. 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 August 2009 at 9.5% and is now 6.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.3% in October 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Kahului unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
Hawaii 2.8% 0.0 +0.3
Kahului 2.7% -0.1 +0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 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 August 2009 at 7,183. There are now 4,881 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,979 in December 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 323.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Kahului 2,302 -68 +187

Number of Unemployed Persons

Kahului, Hawaii Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Hawaii
Unemployment Rate
Kahului
Unemployment Rate
Kahului
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 2.7%
July
2019
3.7% 2.8% 2.7% 2,302
June
2019
3.7% 2.8% 2.8% 2,370
May
2019
3.6% 2.8% 2.8% 2,414
April
2019
3.6% 2.8% 2.9% 2,436
March
2019
3.8% 2.8% 2.8% 2,404
February
2019
3.8% 2.7% 2.7% 2,357
January
2019
4.0% 2.7% 2.7% 2,287
December
2018
3.9% 2.6% 2.6% 2,222
November
2018
3.7% 2.6% 2.6% 2,227
October
2018
3.8% 2.6% 2.6% 2,225

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.