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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 2021 to 7.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.3 percentage points lower than the Hawaii rate. The unemployment rate in Urban Honolulu peaked in April 2020 at 20.7% and is now 12.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 7.9% in January 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Urban Honolulu unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Hawaii 9.2% -1.1 +7.1
Urban Honolulu 7.9% 0.0 +5.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 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 May 2020 at 86,434. There are now 50,671 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 35,695 in January 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 68. Urban Honolulu employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Urban Honolulu, Hawaii) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Urban Honolulu 35,763 +68 +24,205

Number of Unemployed Persons

Urban Honolulu, Hawaii Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Hawaii
Unemployment Rate
Urban Honolulu
Unemployment Rate
Urban Honolulu
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 9.2% 7.9% 35,763
January
2021
6.3% 10.3% 7.9% 35,695
December
2020
6.7% 10.3% 8.3% 37,401
November
2020
6.7% 10.3% 9.0% 40,650
October
2020
6.9% 14.0% 12.3% 53,402
September
2020
7.8% 14.8% 13.2% 54,944
August
2020
8.4% 14.1% 10.9% 47,281
July
2020
10.2% 14.1% 11.3% 48,794
June
2020
11.1% 14.1% 11.4% 48,454
May
2020
13.3% 21.9% 20.7% 86,434
April
2020
14.8% 21.9% 20.7% 86,377

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.