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Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Orlando rose 0.2 percentage points in November 2017 to 3.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Florida rate. The unemployment rate in Orlando peaked in March 2010 at 11.4% and is now 8.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.2% in September 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Orlando unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
Florida 3.6% 0.0 -1.3
Orlando 3.4% +0.2 -1.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Orlando, Florida, National

Orlando, Florida monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Orlando, Florida Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Orlando peaked in November 2010 at 127,879. There are now 83,430 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 41,454 in October 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,995. Orlando employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Orlando, Florida) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Orlando 44,449 +2,995 -12,717

Number of Unemployed Persons

Orlando, Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Orlando
Unemployment Rate
Orlando
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 3.6% 3.4% 44,449
October
2017
4.1% 3.6% 3.2% 41,454
September
2017
4.2% 3.8% 3.2% 42,253
August
2017
4.4% 4.0% 3.6% 47,094
July
2017
4.3% 4.1% 3.7% 48,162
June
2017
4.3% 4.1% 3.8% 49,214
May
2017
4.3% 4.3% 3.8% 49,567
April
2017
4.4% 4.5% 3.9% 51,209
March
2017
4.5% 4.8% 4.1% 53,399
February
2017
4.7% 5.0% 4.4% 57,405
January
2017
4.8% 5.0% 4.7% 59,990

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.