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Lakeland-Winter Haven, Florida Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lakeland fell 0.2 percentage points in August 2017 to 4.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the Florida rate. The unemployment rate in Lakeland peaked in November 2010 at 12.4% and is now 8.1 percentage points lower. You can also compare Lakeland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% +0.1 -0.5
Florida 4.0% -0.1 -0.9
Lakeland 4.3% -0.2 -1.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2017 data as September 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 22,008 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Lakeland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lakeland, Florida) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Lakeland 12,499 -530 -3,223

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lakeland, Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Lakeland
Unemployment Rate
Lakeland
Unemployed
September
2017
4.2% 3.8%
August
2017
4.4% 4.0% 4.3% 12,499
July
2017
4.3% 4.1% 4.5% 13,029
June
2017
4.4% 4.1% 4.7% 13,890
May
2017
4.3% 4.3% 4.9% 14,258
April
2017
4.4% 4.5% 5.1% 14,978
March
2017
4.5% 4.8% 5.3% 15,534
February
2017
4.7% 5.0% 5.7% 16,636
January
2017
4.8% 5.0% 5.9% 17,277
December
2016
4.7% 4.9% 5.7% 16,452
November
2016
4.6% 4.9% 5.7% 16,350
October
2016
4.8% 4.9% 5.6% 16,265

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.