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Lakeland-Winter Haven, Florida Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lakeland fell 0.5 percentage points in June 2015 to 6.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points higher than the Florida rate. The unemployment rate in Lakeland peaked in November 2010 at 12.4% and is now 6.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare Lakeland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate June 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.3% -0.2 -0.8
Florida 5.6% -0.1 -0.5
Lakeland 6.1% -0.5 -1.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with June 2015 data as July 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 34,499. There are now 17,454 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Lakeland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lakeland, Florida) is also available.

Unemployed Persons June 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Lakeland 17,045 -1,487 -2,991

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lakeland, Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Lakeland
Unemployment Rate
Lakeland
Unemployed
July
2015
5.3% 5.4%
June
2015
5.3% 5.6% 6.1% 17,045
May
2015
5.5% 5.7% 6.6% 18,532
April
2015
5.4% 5.6% 6.5% 18,275
March
2015
5.5% 5.7% 6.5% 18,276
February
2015
5.5% 5.7% 6.6% 18,522
January
2015
5.7% 5.7% 6.6% 18,551
December
2014
5.6% 5.7% 6.5% 18,349
November
2014
5.8% 5.7% 6.7% 18,795
October
2014
5.7% 5.8% 6.7% 19,030
September
2014
5.9% 5.8% 6.9% 19,388
August
2014
6.1% 5.9% 7.0% 19,804

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.