Department of Numbers

Florida Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Florida fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2015 to 5.0%. The state unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower 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. You can also see Florida unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
Florida 5.0% -0.1 -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 2015

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 533,753 fewer people unemployed in the state. Florida job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Florida 486,704 -1,062 -66,870

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Florida from 1990 to December 2015

Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployed
January 2016 4.9%
December 2015 5.0% 5.0% 486,704
November 2015 5.0% 5.1% 487,766
October 2015 5.0% 5.2% 494,129
September 2015 5.1% 5.2% 498,482
August 2015 5.1% 5.4% 509,412
July 2015 5.3% 5.5% 519,957
June 2015 5.3% 5.6% 531,577
May 2015 5.5% 5.7% 546,902
April 2015 5.4% 5.6% 544,568
March 2015 5.5% 5.7% 549,269
February 2015 5.5% 5.7% 550,174