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Lakeland-Winter Haven, Florida Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lakeland rose 0.1 percentage points in June 2016 to 5.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points higher than the Florida rate. The unemployment rate in Lakeland peaked in November 2010 at 12.4% and is now 7.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.3% in May 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Lakeland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate June 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% +0.2 -0.4
Florida 4.7% 0.0 -0.6
Lakeland 5.4% +0.1 -0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with June 2016 data as July 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 34,507. There are now 19,359 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 14,884 in May 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 264. Lakeland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lakeland, Florida) is also available.

Unemployed Persons June 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Lakeland 15,148 +264 -2,426

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lakeland, Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Lakeland
Unemployment Rate
Lakeland
Unemployed
July
2016
4.9% 4.7%
June
2016
4.9% 4.7% 5.4% 15,148
May
2016
4.7% 4.7% 5.3% 14,884
April
2016
5.0% 4.8% 5.7% 16,067
March
2016
5.0% 4.9% 5.6% 15,817
February
2016
4.9% 5.0% 5.6% 15,786
January
2016
4.9% 5.1% 5.8% 16,286
December
2015
5.0% 5.1% 5.7% 16,138
November
2015
5.0% 5.1% 5.8% 16,259
October
2015
5.0% 5.1% 5.8% 16,272
September
2015
5.1% 5.1% 5.8% 16,300
August
2015
5.1% 5.2% 5.9% 16,575

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.