Department of Numbers

Florida Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Florida rose 0.1 percentage points in January 2017 to 5.0%. 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 6.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.9% in March 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see Florida unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.8% +0.1 -0.1
Florida 5.0% +0.1 0.0

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

Unemployment Rate: Florida, National

Florida monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to January 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 517,095 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 477,335 in June 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 26,027. Florida job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Florida 503,362 +11,381 +14,887

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployed
February 2017 4.7%
January 2017 4.8% 5.0% 503,362
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
March 2016 5.0% 4.9% 481,922