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Lakeland-Winter Haven, Florida Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lakeland rose 0.2 percentage points in January 2017 to 5.9%. 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 12.4% and is now 6.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.2% in August 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.7 percentage points. You can also compare Lakeland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.8% +0.1 -0.1
Florida 5.0% +0.1 0.0
Lakeland 5.9% +0.2 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2017 data as February 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 17,332 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 14,443 in August 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,732. Lakeland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lakeland, Florida) is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Lakeland 17,175 +774 +889

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lakeland, Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Lakeland
Unemployment Rate
Lakeland
Unemployed
February
2017
4.7%
January
2017
4.8% 5.0% 5.9% 17,175
December
2016
4.7% 4.9% 5.7% 16,401
November
2016
4.6% 4.9% 5.8% 16,453
October
2016
4.8% 4.9% 5.6% 15,985
September
2016
4.9% 4.9% 5.4% 15,265
August
2016
4.9% 4.9% 5.2% 14,443
July
2016
4.9% 4.9% 5.3% 14,951
June
2016
4.9% 4.9% 5.5% 15,260
May
2016
4.7% 4.9% 5.3% 14,884
April
2016
5.0% 4.9% 5.7% 16,067
March
2016
5.0% 4.9% 5.6% 15,817

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.