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Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, Hawaii Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Kahului rose 0.1 percentage points in February 2019 to 2.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the Hawaii rate. The unemployment rate in Kahului peaked in May 2009 at 9.4% and is now 6.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.0% in March 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.9 percentage points. You can also compare Kahului unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Hawaii 2.7% 0.0 +0.4
Kahului 2.9% +0.1 +0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 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 4,693 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,751 in March 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 735.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Kahului 2,486 +63 +694

Number of Unemployed Persons

Kahului, Hawaii Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Hawaii
Unemployment Rate
Kahului
Unemployment Rate
Kahului
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 2.8%
February
2019
3.8% 2.7% 2.9% 2,486
January
2019
4.0% 2.7% 2.8% 2,423
December
2018
3.9% 2.6% 2.6% 2,212
November
2018
3.7% 2.6% 2.6% 2,225
October
2018
3.8% 2.6% 2.6% 2,220
September
2018
3.7% 2.6% 2.2% 1,952
August
2018
3.8% 2.5% 2.1% 1,852
July
2018
3.9% 2.5% 2.2% 1,886
June
2018
4.0% 2.4% 2.3% 1,992
May
2018
3.8% 2.3% 2.1% 1,857
April
2018
3.9% 2.3% 2.1% 1,796

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.