Department of Numbers

Florida Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Florida fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2021 to 4.7%. The state unemployment rate was 1.5 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 9.5 percentage points lower. You can also see Florida unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Florida 4.7% -0.1 +1.4

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

Unemployment Rate: Florida, National

Florida monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to February 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 942,304 fewer people unemployed in the state. Florida job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Florida 474,117 -7,509 +124,287

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployed
March 2021 6.0%
February 2021 6.2% 4.7% 474,117
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
June 2020 11.1% 11.6% 1,149,098
May 2020 13.3% 14.2% 1,416,421
April 2020 14.8% 14.0% 1,364,803