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Urban Honolulu, Hawaii Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Urban Honolulu fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2019 to 2.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the Hawaii rate. The unemployment rate in Urban Honolulu peaked in May 2009 at 6.2% and is now 3.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.0% in September 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.7 percentage points. You can also compare Urban Honolulu unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Hawaii 2.7% 0.0 +0.4
Urban Honolulu 2.7% 0.0 +0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March 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 October 2011 at 27,633. There are now 15,417 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 9,221 in July 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,995. Urban Honolulu employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Urban Honolulu, Hawaii) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Urban Honolulu 12,216 -120 +2,839

Number of Unemployed Persons

Urban Honolulu, Hawaii Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Hawaii
Unemployment Rate
Urban Honolulu
Unemployment Rate
Urban Honolulu
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 2.8%
February
2019
3.8% 2.7% 2.7% 12,216
January
2019
4.0% 2.7% 2.7% 12,336
December
2018
3.9% 2.6% 2.5% 11,793
November
2018
3.7% 2.6% 2.4% 11,341
October
2018
3.8% 2.6% 2.3% 10,853
September
2018
3.7% 2.6% 2.2% 10,282
August
2018
3.8% 2.5% 2.1% 9,800
July
2018
3.9% 2.5% 2.0% 9,221
June
2018
4.0% 2.4% 2.1% 9,761
May
2018
3.8% 2.3% 2.0% 9,495
April
2018
3.9% 2.3% 2.0% 9,612

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.