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Ocala, Florida Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Ocala rose 0.1 percentage points in May 2015 to 6.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points higher than the Florida rate. The unemployment rate in Ocala peaked in February 2010 at 14.0% and is now 7.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.5% in December 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Ocala unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.5% +0.1 -0.8
Florida 5.7% +0.1 -0.6
Ocala 6.8% +0.1 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1

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 18,550. There are now 9,500 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 8,745 in December 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 305. Ocala employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Ocala, Florida) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Ocala 9,050 +266 -898

Number of Unemployed Persons

Ocala, Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Ocala
Unemployment Rate
Ocala
Unemployed
May
2015
5.5% 5.7% 6.8% 9,050
April
2015
5.4% 5.6% 6.7% 8,784
March
2015
5.5% 5.7% 6.7% 8,880
February
2015
5.5% 5.7% 6.7% 8,910
January
2015
5.7% 5.7% 6.6% 8,897
December
2014
5.6% 5.7% 6.5% 8,745
November
2014
5.8% 5.7% 6.7% 9,020
October
2014
5.7% 5.8% 6.9% 9,196
September
2014
5.9% 5.8% 7.0% 9,378
August
2014
6.1% 5.9% 7.2% 9,560
July
2014
6.2% 6.0% 7.2% 9,576
June
2014
6.1% 6.1% 7.3% 9,673

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.