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NOTE: It looks like there won't be any metro employment/unemployment updates for the next few months. The BLS is reworking the data based on new OMB geographic delineations and won't be able to release updates until at least (and probably later than) April 21st. More here. I'll update the data as soon as it's available. Sorry folks.

Ocala, Florida Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Ocala fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2014 to 6.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points higher than the Florida rate. The unemployment rate in Ocala peaked in January 2010 at 13.8% and is now 6.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare Ocala unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.6% -0.2 -1.1
Florida 5.7% 0.0 -0.8
Ocala 6.9% -0.1 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2014 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 18,492. There are now 9,458 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Ocala employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Ocala, Florida) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Ocala 9,034 -166 -596

Number of Unemployed Persons

Ocala, Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Ocala
Unemployment Rate
Ocala
Unemployed
April
2015
5.4%
March
2015
5.5% 5.7%
February
2015
5.5% 5.7%
January
2015
5.7% 5.7%
December
2014
5.6% 5.7% 6.9% 9,034
November
2014
5.8% 5.7% 7.0% 9,200
October
2014
5.7% 5.8% 7.1% 9,353
September
2014
5.9% 5.8% 7.1% 9,354
August
2014
6.1% 5.9% 7.2% 9,441
July
2014
6.2% 6.0% 7.1% 9,352
June
2014
6.1% 6.1% 7.1% 9,395
May
2014
6.3% 6.3% 7.3% 9,668

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.