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Urban Honolulu, Hawaii Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Urban Honolulu rose 0.1 percentage points in November 2022 to 3.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the Hawaii rate. The unemployment rate in Urban Honolulu peaked in April 2020 at 19.0% and is now 15.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.4% in August 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Urban Honolulu unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% -0.1 -0.6
Hawaii 3.3% 0.0 -1.1
Urban Honolulu 3.5% +0.1 -1.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2022 data as December 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 April 2020 at 81,877. There are now 66,061 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 15,357 in September 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 459. Urban Honolulu employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Urban Honolulu, Hawaii) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Urban Honolulu 15,816 +440 -5,751

Number of Unemployed Persons

Urban Honolulu, Hawaii Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Hawaii
Unemployment Rate
Urban Honolulu
Unemployment Rate
Urban Honolulu
Unemployed
December
2022
3.5%
November
2022
3.6% 3.3% 3.5% 15,816
October
2022
3.7% 3.3% 3.4% 15,376
September
2022
3.5% 3.5% 3.4% 15,357
August
2022
3.7% 4.0% 3.4% 15,712
July
2022
3.5% 4.0% 3.5% 15,729
June
2022
3.6% 4.2% 3.5% 15,881
May
2022
3.6% 4.1% 3.6% 16,426
April
2022
3.6% 4.1% 3.7% 16,986
March
2022
3.6% 4.1% 3.9% 17,818
February
2022
3.8% 4.2% 4.2% 19,087
January
2022
4.0% 4.3% 4.4% 20,258

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.