Department of Numbers

Florida Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Florida fell 0.2 percentage points in December 2014 to 5.6%. The state unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Florida peaked in December 2009 at 11.4% and is now 5.8 percentage points lower. You can also see Florida unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.6% -0.2 -1.1
Florida 5.6% -0.2 -0.7

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 2014

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Florida Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Florida peaked in February 2010 at 1,041,439. There are now 498,591 fewer people unemployed in the state. Florida job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Florida 542,848 -13,642 -48,971

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Florida from 1990 to December 2014

Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployed
January 2015 5.7%
December 2014 5.6% 5.6% 542,848
November 2014 5.8% 5.8% 556,490
October 2014 5.7% 6.0% 578,932
September 2014 5.9% 6.1% 590,615
August 2014 6.1% 6.3% 604,277
July 2014 6.2% 6.2% 597,958
June 2014 6.1% 6.2% 598,376
May 2014 6.3% 6.3% 607,556
April 2014 6.2% 6.2% 598,934
March 2014 6.6% 6.3% 606,669
February 2014 6.7% 6.2% 588,708