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Lakeland-Winter Haven, Florida Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lakeland fell 0.0 percentage points in December 2015 to 5.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points higher than the Florida rate. The unemployment rate in Lakeland peaked in November 2010 at 12.4% and is now 6.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.6% in November 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Lakeland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
Florida 5.0% -0.1 -0.7
Lakeland 5.6% 0.0 -0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2015 data as January 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 34,499. There are now 18,636 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 15,859 in November 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 4. Lakeland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lakeland, Florida) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Lakeland 15,863 +4 -2,486

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lakeland, Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Lakeland
Unemployment Rate
Lakeland
Unemployed
January
2016
4.9%
December
2015
5.0% 5.0% 5.6% 15,863
November
2015
5.0% 5.1% 5.6% 15,859
October
2015
5.0% 5.2% 5.7% 16,125
September
2015
5.1% 5.2% 5.7% 16,112
August
2015
5.1% 5.4% 5.8% 16,255
July
2015
5.3% 5.5% 6.0% 16,602
June
2015
5.3% 5.6% 6.2% 17,165
May
2015
5.5% 5.7% 6.6% 18,532
April
2015
5.4% 5.6% 6.5% 18,275
March
2015
5.5% 5.7% 6.5% 18,276
February
2015
5.5% 5.7% 6.6% 18,522

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.