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Lakeland-Winter Haven, Florida Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lakeland rose 0.3 percentage points in October 2016 to 5.7%. 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 6.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.2% in August 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Lakeland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% -0.1 -0.1
Florida 4.8% +0.1 -0.3
Lakeland 5.7% +0.3 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2016 data as November 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 18,420 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 1,644. Lakeland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lakeland, Florida) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Lakeland 16,087 +822 -185

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lakeland, Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Lakeland
Unemployment Rate
Lakeland
Unemployed
November
2016
4.6%
October
2016
4.9% 4.8% 5.7% 16,087
September
2016
5.0% 4.7% 5.4% 15,265
August
2016
4.9% 4.7% 5.2% 14,443
July
2016
4.9% 4.7% 5.3% 14,951
June
2016
4.9% 4.7% 5.5% 15,260
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

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.