Department of Numbers

Florida Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Florida fell 0.0 percentage points in December 2016 to 4.9%. The state unemployment rate was 0.2 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 6.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.7% in May 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also see Florida unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% +0.1 -0.3
Florida 4.9% 0.0 -0.2

Note: All comparisons are made with December data as January state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Florida, National

Florida monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to December 2016

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 529,834 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 454,291 in August 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 36,332. Florida job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Florida 490,623 +8,331 -2,405

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Florida from 1990 to December 2016

Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployed
January 2017 4.8%
December 2016 4.7% 4.9% 490,623
November 2016 4.6% 4.9% 482,292
October 2016 4.8% 4.8% 471,711
September 2016 4.9% 4.7% 458,711
August 2016 4.9% 4.7% 454,291
July 2016 4.9% 4.7% 457,478
June 2016 4.9% 4.7% 455,197
May 2016 4.7% 4.7% 458,163
April 2016 5.0% 4.8% 473,381
March 2016 5.0% 4.9% 478,345
February 2016 4.9% 5.0% 485,060