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Lakeland-Winter Haven, Florida Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lakeland fell 0.4 percentage points in May 2016 to 5.3%. 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 7.1 percentage points lower. You can also compare Lakeland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% -0.3 -0.8
Florida 4.7% -0.1 -0.7
Lakeland 5.3% -0.4 -1.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1

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 19,683 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Lakeland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lakeland, Florida) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Lakeland 14,824 -1,243 -3,345

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lakeland, Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Lakeland
Unemployment Rate
Lakeland
Unemployed
May
2016
4.7% 4.7% 5.3% 14,824
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
July
2015
5.3% 5.2% 6.1% 17,016
June
2015
5.3% 5.3% 6.3% 17,574

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.