Department of Numbers

Florida Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Florida rose 0.1 percentage points in December 2017 to 3.7%. The state unemployment rate was 0.4 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 7.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in October 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see Florida unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
Florida 3.7% +0.1 -1.2

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 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 646,086 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 369,146 in October 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 5,225. Florida job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Florida 374,371 +5,206 -117,610

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployed
January 2018 4.1%
December 2017 4.1% 3.7% 374,371
November 2017 4.1% 3.6% 369,165
October 2017 4.1% 3.6% 369,146
September 2017 4.2% 3.8% 385,319
August 2017 4.4% 4.0% 408,109
July 2017 4.3% 4.1% 411,923
June 2017 4.3% 4.1% 420,496
May 2017 4.3% 4.3% 435,570
April 2017 4.4% 4.5% 461,518
March 2017 4.5% 4.8% 484,646
February 2017 4.7% 5.0% 501,350