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Lakeland-Winter Haven, Florida Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lakeland rose 0.1 percentage points in February 2014 to 7.2%. 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 5.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 7.1% in January 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Lakeland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% +0.1 -1.0
Florida 6.2% 0.0 -1.7
Lakeland 7.2% +0.1 -1.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2014 data as March 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 34,820. There are now 15,251 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 19,228 in January 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 341. Lakeland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lakeland, Florida) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Lakeland 19,569 +341 -4,188

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lakeland, Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Lakeland
Unemployment Rate
Lakeland
Unemployed
March
2014
6.7%
February
2014
6.7% 6.2% 7.2% 19,569
January
2014
6.6% 6.2% 7.1% 19,228
December
2013
6.7% 6.3% 7.2% 19,346
November
2013
7.0% 6.5% 7.4% 19,793
October
2013
7.2% 6.7% 7.5% 20,201
September
2013
7.2% 6.9% 7.7% 20,618
August
2013
7.2% 7.1% 7.8% 21,044
July
2013
7.3% 7.3% 8.0% 21,473
June
2013
7.5% 7.4% 8.1% 21,821
May
2013
7.5% 7.5% 8.2% 22,054
April
2013
7.5% 7.6% 8.3% 22,264
March
2013
7.5% 7.7% 8.5% 22,877

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.