Big Island ends 2022 with unemployment rate at 3.8%

The Big Island’s unemployment rate dropped during December, but remained above the statewide rate of 3.2% during the final month of 2022.

During December, the island had an estimated 3,550 people of the 94,440-person labor force without work equating to an unemployment rate of 3.8%, down from 4.1% in November but up from 3.6% in October, according to data released Department of Business and Economic Development. In December 2021, the unemployment rate was 4.2%.


Statewide, 3.2% of Hawaii’s 675,850-person labor force was without work in December, according to the state. That’s down from 3.3% in September. A year ago, 4.3% of Hawaii’s working residents were unemployed.

Around the state, Honolulu City and County saw its unemployment rate drop from 3.8% in November to 3.4% in December. Kauai’s unemployment rate was down to 4% from 4.3% while Maui’s rate also dropped slightly from 4.2% to 3.8%.

Nationally, unemployment decreased a tad to 3.5%. A year ago, 3.9% of the nation’s workforce was without work.

Job gains in Hawaii were reported in construction (600); professional and business services (600), information (200), other services (200) and financial activities (100). Job losses were reported in the leisure and hospitality sector (-4,800), education and health services (400) and trade, transportation and utilities (200).

“A large majority of the contraction in Leisure & Hospitality was in Food Services & Drinking Places, which had achieved strong expansion throughout most of the year,” the state said.

Government employment went up by 300 jobs.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the Star-Advertiser's TERMS OF SERVICE. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. If your comments are inappropriate, you may be banned from posting. To report comments that you believe do not follow our guidelines, email