Department of Numbers

Florida Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Florida fell 0.2 percentage points in March 2017 to 4.8%. The state unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Florida peaked in November 2009 at 11.2% and is now 6.4 percentage points lower. You can also see Florida unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate March 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.5% -0.2 -0.5
Florida 4.8% -0.2 -0.1

Unemployment Rate: Florida, National

Florida monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to March 2017

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Florida Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Florida peaked in January 2010 at 1,020,457. There are now 537,254 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 477,335 in June 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 5,868. Florida job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Florida 483,203 -18,147 +1,281

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Florida from 1990 to March 2017

Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployed
March 2017 4.5% 4.8% 483,203
February 2017 4.7% 5.0% 501,350
January 2017 4.8% 5.0% 504,082
December 2016 4.7% 4.9% 491,981
November 2016 4.6% 4.9% 490,060
October 2016 4.8% 4.9% 487,137
September 2016 4.9% 4.9% 483,992
August 2016 4.9% 4.9% 480,826
July 2016 4.9% 4.9% 478,459
June 2016 4.9% 4.9% 477,335
May 2016 4.7% 4.9% 477,648
April 2016 5.0% 4.9% 479,242