comscore Honolulu jobless rate edges down to 5.2% in Feb. | Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Every act of aloha counts. Click here to DONATE to the MAUI RELIEF Fund.
Top News

Honolulu jobless rate edges down to 5.2% in Feb.

Honolulu Star-Advertiser logo
Unlimited access to premium stories for as low as $12.95 /mo.
Get It Now

The unemployment rate in Honolulu eased to 5.2 percent in February from 5.4 percent in January, but the rate was still more than double what it was before the recession, according to a federal report released today.

There were 23,000 people unemployed in the metropolitan area in February out of a total labor force of 443,700, the Bureau of Labor statistics reported. Honolulu’s February unemployment rate compared with a 5.7 percent rate the same month a hear earlier. It compared with statewide jobless rate of 6.3 percent in February. The data are not adjusted for seasonal variations.

The Honolulu rate has been slowly falling since peaking at 6.2 in August 2009 during the economic downturn. The rate had been as low as 1.8 percent in December 2006 before the recession hit.

Nationally, unemployment rates fell in 308 of the 372 metropolitan areas surveyed. Fifteen areas recorded jobless rates of at least 15 percent, while seven areas registered rates of less than 5.0 percent.

Comments have been disabled for this story...

Click here to view ongoing news coverage of the Maui wildfires. Sign up for our free e-newsletter to get the latest news delivered to your inbox. Download the Honolulu Star-Advertiser mobile app to stay on top of breaking news coverage.

Be the first to know
Get web push notifications from Star-Advertiser when the next breaking story happens — it's FREE! You just need a supported web browser.
Subscribe for this feature

Scroll Up