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Lakeland-Winter Haven, Florida Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lakeland fell 0.0 percentage points in May 2014 to 7.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points higher than the Florida rate. The unemployment rate in Lakeland peaked in November 2010 at 12.6% and is now 5.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 7.2% in January 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Lakeland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.3% 0.0 -1.2
Florida 6.3% +0.1 -1.2
Lakeland 7.2% 0.0 -1.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2014 data as June metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Lakeland, Florida, National

Lakeland, Florida monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Lakeland, Florida Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Lakeland peaked in November 2010 at 34,869. There are now 15,013 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 19,428 in January 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 428. Lakeland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lakeland, Florida) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Lakeland 19,856 -38 -3,285

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lakeland, Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Lakeland
Unemployment Rate
Lakeland
Unemployed
June
2014
6.1% 6.2%
May
2014
6.3% 6.3% 7.2% 19,856
April
2014
6.3% 6.2% 7.2% 19,894
March
2014
6.7% 6.3% 7.3% 20,046
February
2014
6.7% 6.2% 7.2% 19,636
January
2014
6.6% 6.2% 7.2% 19,428
December
2013
6.7% 6.3% 7.3% 19,763
November
2013
7.0% 6.5% 7.4% 20,167
October
2013
7.2% 6.7% 7.6% 20,653
September
2013
7.2% 6.9% 7.8% 21,177
August
2013
7.2% 7.1% 7.9% 21,713
July
2013
7.3% 7.3% 8.1% 22,222
June
2013
7.5% 7.4% 8.3% 22,691

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.