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Urban Honolulu, Hawaii Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Urban Honolulu fell 0.4 percentage points in July 2021 to 6.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the Hawaii rate. The unemployment rate in Urban Honolulu peaked in May 2020 at 19.7% and is now 12.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare Urban Honolulu unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Hawaii 7.3% -0.4 -6.8
Urban Honolulu 6.8% -0.4 -5.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August 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 May 2020 at 84,018. There are now 53,368 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 July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Urban Honolulu 30,650 -1,574 -21,813

Number of Unemployed Persons

Urban Honolulu, Hawaii Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Hawaii
Unemployment Rate
Urban Honolulu
Unemployment Rate
Urban Honolulu
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 7.3% 6.8% 30,650
June
2021
5.9% 7.7% 7.2% 32,224
May
2021
5.8% 8.0% 7.5% 33,840
April
2021
6.1% 8.5% 7.8% 35,408
March
2021
6.0% 9.1% 8.1% 36,524
February
2021
6.2% 9.2% 8.1% 37,388
January
2021
6.3% 10.3% 9.2% 42,447
December
2020
6.7% 10.3% 9.2% 41,961
November
2020
6.7% 10.3% 9.3% 42,191
October
2020
6.9% 14.0% 12.3% 53,346
September
2020
7.8% 14.8% 13.3% 55,117

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.