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Lakeland-Winter Haven, Florida Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lakeland fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2017 to 3.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the Florida rate. The unemployment rate in Lakeland peaked in November 2010 at 12.4% and is now 8.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.8% in September 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Lakeland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% -0.1 -0.7
Florida 3.6% -0.2 -1.3
Lakeland 3.8% 0.0 -1.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2017 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 23,283 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 11,161 in September 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 63. Lakeland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lakeland, Florida) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Lakeland 11,224 +63 -5,041

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lakeland, Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Lakeland
Unemployment Rate
Lakeland
Unemployed
November
2017
4.1%
October
2017
4.1% 3.6% 3.8% 11,224
September
2017
4.2% 3.8% 3.8% 11,161
August
2017
4.4% 4.0% 4.3% 12,546
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

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.