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Ocala, Florida Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Ocala fell 0.2 percentage points in April 2017 to 5.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points higher than the Florida rate. The unemployment rate in Ocala peaked in February 2010 at 14.0% and is now 8.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare Ocala unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% -0.1 -0.6
Florida 4.5% -0.3 -0.4
Ocala 5.1% -0.2 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2017 data as May 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 11,544 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Ocala employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Ocala, Florida) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Ocala 6,993 -311 -810

Number of Unemployed Persons

Ocala, Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Ocala
Unemployment Rate
Ocala
Unemployed
May
2017
4.3% 4.3%
April
2017
4.4% 4.5% 5.1% 6,993
March
2017
4.5% 4.8% 5.3% 7,304
February
2017
4.7% 5.0% 5.7% 7,856
January
2017
4.8% 5.0% 6.0% 8,215
December
2016
4.7% 4.9% 5.7% 7,793
November
2016
4.6% 4.9% 5.8% 7,817
October
2016
4.8% 4.9% 5.9% 7,882
September
2016
4.9% 4.9% 5.9% 7,842
August
2016
4.9% 4.9% 5.8% 7,691
July
2016
4.9% 4.9% 5.8% 7,627
June
2016
4.9% 4.9% 5.8% 7,625

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.