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Urban Honolulu, Hawaii Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Urban Honolulu fell 3.6 percentage points in November 2020 to 8.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.4 percentage points lower than the Hawaii rate. The unemployment rate in Urban Honolulu peaked in April 2020 at 20.7% and is now 12.0 percentage points lower. You can also compare Urban Honolulu unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Hawaii 10.1% -4.1 +7.5
Urban Honolulu 8.7% -3.6 +6.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2020 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 May 2020 at 86,434. There are now 47,328 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 November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Urban Honolulu 39,106 -14,296 +28,006

Number of Unemployed Persons

Urban Honolulu, Hawaii Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Hawaii
Unemployment Rate
Urban Honolulu
Unemployment Rate
Urban Honolulu
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7%
November
2020
6.7% 10.1% 8.7% 39,106
October
2020
6.9% 14.2% 12.3% 53,402
September
2020
7.8% 15.0% 13.2% 54,944
August
2020
8.4% 13.0% 10.9% 47,281
July
2020
10.2% 13.5% 11.3% 48,794
June
2020
11.1% 13.4% 11.4% 48,454
May
2020
13.3% 23.5% 20.7% 86,434
April
2020
14.8% 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
3.5% 2.7% 2.5% 11,452

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.