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Urban Honolulu, Hawaii Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Urban Honolulu fell 0.7 percentage points in May 2020 to 20.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 3.5 percentage points lower than the Hawaii rate. The unemployment rate in Urban Honolulu peaked in April 2020 at 20.7% and is now 0.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Urban Honolulu unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Hawaii 23.5% -0.3 +20.8
Urban Honolulu 20.0% -0.7 +17.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 86,377. There are now 2,140 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Urban Honolulu employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Urban Honolulu, Hawaii) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Urban Honolulu 84,237 -2,140 +72,347

Number of Unemployed Persons

Urban Honolulu, Hawaii Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Hawaii
Unemployment Rate
Urban Honolulu
Unemployment Rate
Urban Honolulu
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1% 13.9%
May
2020
13.3% 23.5% 20.0% 84,237
April
2020
14.7% 23.8% 20.7% 86,377
March
2020
4.4% 2.4% 2.2% 9,871
February
2020
3.5% 2.7% 2.5% 11,558
January
2020
3.6% 2.7% 2.5% 11,452
December
2019
3.5% 2.7% 2.4% 10,948
November
2019
3.5% 2.6% 2.5% 11,100
October
2019
3.6% 2.7% 2.5% 11,271
September
2019
3.5% 2.7% 2.5% 11,456
August
2019
3.7% 2.7% 2.6% 11,631
July
2019
3.7% 2.7% 2.6% 11,773

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.