Department of Numbers

NOTE: It looks like there won't be any metro employment/unemployment updates for the next few months. The BLS is reworking the data based on new OMB geographic delineations and won't be able to release updates until at least (and probably later than) April 21st. More here. I'll update the data as soon as it's available. Sorry folks.

Lakeland-Winter Haven, Florida Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lakeland fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2014 to 6.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points higher than the Florida rate. The unemployment rate in Lakeland peaked in November 2010 at 12.6% and is now 5.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare Lakeland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.6% -0.2 -1.1
Florida 5.7% 0.0 -0.8
Lakeland 6.7% -0.1 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2014 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 34,869. There are now 16,332 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Lakeland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lakeland, Florida) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Lakeland 18,537 -290 -1,226

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lakeland, Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Lakeland
Unemployment Rate
Lakeland
Unemployed
February
2015
5.5% 5.6%
January
2015
5.7% 5.7%
December
2014
5.6% 5.7% 6.7% 18,537
November
2014
5.8% 5.7% 6.8% 18,827
October
2014
5.7% 5.8% 6.9% 19,095
September
2014
5.9% 5.8% 6.9% 19,211
August
2014
6.1% 5.9% 7.0% 19,407
July
2014
6.2% 6.0% 7.0% 19,302
June
2014
6.1% 6.1% 7.0% 19,420
May
2014
6.3% 6.3% 7.2% 19,887
April
2014
6.2% 6.4% 7.2% 19,894
March
2014
6.6% 6.5% 7.3% 20,046

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.