Department of Numbers

Florida Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Florida fell 0.7 percentage points in October 2020 to 6.5%. The state unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Florida peaked in April 2020 at 13.8% and is now 7.3 percentage points lower. You can also see Florida unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate October 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.9% -1.0 +3.3
Florida 6.5% -0.7 +3.6

Unemployment Rate: Florida, National

Florida monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to October 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Florida Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Florida peaked in May 2020 at 1,319,309. There are now 660,044 fewer people unemployed in the state. Florida job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Florida 659,265 -72,129 +361,317

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Florida from 1990 to October 2020

Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployed
October 2020 6.9% 6.5% 659,265
September 2020 7.9% 7.2% 731,394
August 2020 8.4% 7.3% 742,688
July 2020 10.2% 11.4% 1,136,870
June 2020 11.1% 10.3% 1,003,323
May 2020 13.3% 13.7% 1,319,309
April 2020 14.7% 13.8% 1,305,832
March 2020 4.4% 4.4% 457,308
February 2020 3.5% 2.8% 290,724
January 2020 3.6% 2.8% 291,383
December 2019 3.5% 2.9% 297,440
November 2019 3.5% 2.8% 296,723