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Ocala, Florida Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Ocala fell 0.2 percentage points in December 2016 to 5.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points higher than the Florida rate. The unemployment rate in Ocala peaked in February 2010 at 14.0% and is now 8.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.5% in May 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Ocala unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% +0.1 -0.3
Florida 4.9% 0.0 -0.2
Ocala 5.9% -0.2 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2016 data as January metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Ocala, Florida, National

Ocala, Florida monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Ocala, Florida Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Ocala peaked in February 2010 at 18,537. There are now 10,649 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 7,235 in May 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 653. Ocala employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Ocala, Florida) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Ocala 7,888 -170 +269

Number of Unemployed Persons

Ocala, Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Ocala
Unemployment Rate
Ocala
Unemployed
January
2017
4.8%
December
2016
4.7% 4.9% 5.9% 7,888
November
2016
4.6% 4.9% 6.1% 8,058
October
2016
4.8% 4.8% 6.1% 8,053
September
2016
4.9% 4.7% 5.9% 7,692
August
2016
4.9% 4.7% 5.6% 7,362
July
2016
4.9% 4.7% 5.8% 7,624
June
2016
4.9% 4.7% 5.6% 7,338
May
2016
4.7% 4.7% 5.5% 7,235
April
2016
5.0% 4.8% 5.8% 7,603
March
2016
5.0% 4.9% 5.7% 7,453
February
2016
4.9% 5.0% 5.7% 7,453

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.