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Urban Honolulu, Hawaii Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Urban Honolulu fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2019 to 2.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Hawaii rate. The unemployment rate in Urban Honolulu peaked in June 2009 at 6.2% and is now 3.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.1% in September 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Urban Honolulu unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% +0.1 -0.2
Hawaii 2.7% 0.0 +0.1
Urban Honolulu 2.5% 0.0 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2019 data as November metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Urban Honolulu, Hawaii, National

Urban Honolulu, Hawaii monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Urban Honolulu, Hawaii Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Urban Honolulu peaked in July 2010 at 27,653. There are now 16,397 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 9,922 in October 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,334. Urban Honolulu employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Urban Honolulu, Hawaii) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Urban Honolulu 11,256 -152 -4

Number of Unemployed Persons

Urban Honolulu, Hawaii Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Hawaii
Unemployment Rate
Urban Honolulu
Unemployment Rate
Urban Honolulu
Unemployed
November
2019
3.5%
October
2019
3.6% 2.7% 2.5% 11,256
September
2019
3.5% 2.7% 2.5% 11,408
August
2019
3.7% 2.7% 2.6% 11,617
July
2019
3.7% 2.8% 2.6% 11,856
June
2019
3.7% 2.8% 2.7% 12,140
May
2019
3.6% 2.8% 2.7% 12,333
April
2019
3.6% 2.8% 2.7% 12,368
March
2019
3.8% 2.8% 2.6% 12,121
February
2019
3.8% 2.7% 2.5% 11,796
January
2019
4.0% 2.7% 2.5% 11,555
December
2018
3.9% 2.6% 2.4% 11,265

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.