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Gainesville, Florida Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Gainesville fell 0.2 percentage points in July 2021 to 4.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the Florida rate. The unemployment rate in Gainesville peaked in April 2020 at 9.6% and is now 5.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in December 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.9 percentage points. You can also compare Gainesville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Florida 5.1% +0.1 -6.4
Gainesville 4.5% -0.2 -3.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Gainesville, Florida, National

Gainesville, Florida monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Gainesville, Florida Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Gainesville peaked in April 2020 at 12,905. There are now 6,132 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,159 in December 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,614. Gainesville employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Gainesville, Florida) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Gainesville 6,773 -188 -4,066

Number of Unemployed Persons

Gainesville, Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Gainesville
Unemployment Rate
Gainesville
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 5.1% 4.5% 6,773
June
2021
5.9% 5.0% 4.7% 6,961
May
2021
5.8% 4.9% 4.1% 6,092
April
2021
6.1% 4.8% 4.2% 6,156
March
2021
6.0% 4.7% 4.3% 6,267
February
2021
6.2% 4.7% 4.6% 6,607
January
2021
6.3% 4.8% 3.9% 5,569
December
2020
6.7% 5.1% 3.6% 5,159
November
2020
6.7% 5.4% 3.8% 5,333
October
2020
6.9% 5.8% 4.0% 5,663
September
2020
7.8% 7.2% 4.5% 6,332

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.