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Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, Hawaii Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Kahului fell 6.1 percentage points in November 2020 to 15.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 5.6 percentage points higher than the Hawaii rate. The unemployment rate in Kahului peaked in April 2020 at 34.8% and is now 19.1 percentage points lower. You can also compare Kahului unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Hawaii 10.1% -4.1 +7.5
Kahului 15.7% -6.1 +13.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2020 data as December 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 17,849 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Kahului 13,013 -5,027 +10,794

Number of Unemployed Persons

Kahului, Hawaii Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Hawaii
Unemployment Rate
Kahului
Unemployment Rate
Kahului
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7%
November
2020
6.7% 10.1% 15.7% 13,013
October
2020
6.9% 14.2% 21.8% 18,040
September
2020
7.8% 15.0% 22.9% 18,056
August
2020
8.4% 13.0% 21.4% 17,383
July
2020
10.2% 13.5% 21.9% 17,956
June
2020
11.1% 13.4% 21.2% 17,206
May
2020
13.3% 23.5% 34.1% 28,951
April
2020
14.8% 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
3.5% 2.7% 2.6% 2,269

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.