Department of Numbers

Florida Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Florida fell 0.1 percentage points in August 2021 to 5.0%. The state unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Florida peaked in May 2020 at 14.2% and is now 9.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.7% in February 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also see Florida unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate August 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.2% -0.2 -3.2
Florida 5.0% -0.1 -2.9

Note: All comparisons are made with August data as September state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Florida, National

Florida monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to August 2021

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Florida Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Florida peaked in May 2020 at 1,416,421. There are now 886,956 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 474,337 in February 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 55,128. Florida job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Florida 529,465 -480 -254,973

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Florida from 1990 to August 2021

Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployed
September 2021 4.8%
August 2021 5.2% 5.0% 529,465
July 2021 5.4% 5.1% 529,945
June 2021 5.9% 5.0% 523,518
May 2021 5.8% 4.9% 503,388
April 2021 6.1% 4.8% 487,752
March 2021 6.0% 4.7% 474,423
February 2021 6.2% 4.7% 474,337
January 2021 6.3% 4.8% 481,626
December 2020 6.7% 5.1% 515,114
November 2020 6.7% 5.4% 539,748
October 2020 6.9% 5.8% 583,412