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Lakeland-Winter Haven, Florida Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lakeland fell 0.1 percentage points in September 2014 to 6.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points higher than the Florida rate. The unemployment rate in Lakeland peaked in November 2010 at 12.6% and is now 5.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Lakeland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.9% -0.2 -1.3
Florida 6.1% -0.2 -0.8
Lakeland 6.9% -0.1 -0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2014 data as October 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 15,697 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Lakeland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lakeland, Florida) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Lakeland 19,172 -235 -2,005

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lakeland, Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Lakeland
Unemployment Rate
Lakeland
Unemployed
October
2014
5.8% 6.0%
September
2014
5.9% 6.1% 6.9% 19,172
August
2014
6.1% 6.3% 7.0% 19,407
July
2014
6.2% 6.2% 7.0% 19,302
June
2014
6.1% 6.2% 7.0% 19,420
May
2014
6.3% 6.3% 7.2% 19,887
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

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.