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Urban Honolulu, Hawaii Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Urban Honolulu fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2018 to 1.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Hawaii rate. The unemployment rate in Urban Honolulu peaked in May 2009 at 6.2% and is now 4.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 1.8% in October 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Urban Honolulu unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
Hawaii 2.1% 0.0 -0.6
Urban Honolulu 1.9% -0.1 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2018 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 27,388. There are now 18,281 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 8,715 in October 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 392. Urban Honolulu employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Urban Honolulu, Hawaii) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Urban Honolulu 9,107 -170 -3,933

Number of Unemployed Persons

Urban Honolulu, Hawaii Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Hawaii
Unemployment Rate
Urban Honolulu
Unemployment Rate
Urban Honolulu
Unemployed
March
2018
4.1%
February
2018
4.1% 2.1% 1.9% 9,107
January
2018
4.1% 2.1% 2.0% 9,277
December
2017
4.1% 2.1% 2.0% 9,497
November
2017
4.1% 2.1% 1.9% 8,797
October
2017
4.1% 2.1% 1.8% 8,715
September
2017
4.2% 2.2% 2.2% 10,407
August
2017
4.4% 2.2% 2.3% 11,090
July
2017
4.3% 2.3% 2.3% 10,901
June
2017
4.3% 2.4% 2.6% 12,261
May
2017
4.3% 2.4% 2.7% 12,876
April
2017
4.4% 2.5% 2.5% 12,227

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.