Department of Numbers

Florida Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Florida rose 0.1 percentage points in May 2021 to 4.9%. The state unemployment rate was 0.9 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 9.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.7% in February 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also see Florida unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
Florida 4.9% +0.1 -9.3

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

Unemployment Rate: Florida, National

Florida monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 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 913,737 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 474,337 in February 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 28,347. Florida job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Florida 502,684 +14,932 -913,737

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployed
June 2021 5.9%
May 2021 5.8% 4.9% 502,684
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
September 2020 7.8% 7.2% 719,205
August 2020 8.4% 7.9% 784,438
July 2020 10.2% 11.5% 1,167,208