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Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Tampa rose 0.3 percentage points in November 2017 to 3.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the Florida rate. The unemployment rate in Tampa peaked in December 2009 at 11.9% and is now 8.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.3% in September 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Tampa 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
Tampa 3.6% +0.3 -1.0
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: Tampa, Florida, National

Tampa, Florida monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Tampa, Florida Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Tampa peaked in March 2010 at 155,204. There are now 101,086 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 50,554 in October 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,564. Tampa employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Tampa, Florida) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Tampa 54,118 +3,564 -15,093

Number of Unemployed Persons

Tampa, Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Tampa
Unemployment Rate
Tampa
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 3.6% 3.6% 54,118
October
2017
4.1% 3.6% 3.3% 50,554
September
2017
4.2% 3.8% 3.3% 51,078
August
2017
4.4% 4.0% 3.7% 56,981
July
2017
4.3% 4.1% 3.8% 58,347
June
2017
4.3% 4.1% 3.9% 59,770
May
2017
4.3% 4.3% 4.0% 60,996
April
2017
4.4% 4.5% 4.2% 63,111
March
2017
4.5% 4.8% 4.3% 65,630
February
2017
4.7% 5.0% 4.7% 70,523
January
2017
4.8% 5.0% 4.9% 73,123

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.