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Gainesville, Florida Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Gainesville rose 0.5 percentage points in November 2020 to 4.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.8 percentage points lower than the Florida rate. The unemployment rate in Gainesville peaked in April 2020 at 9.2% and is now 4.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.1% in October 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Gainesville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Florida 6.4% 0.0 +3.6
Gainesville 4.6% +0.5 +1.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2020 data as December 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 11,871. There are now 5,289 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,825 in October 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 757. Gainesville employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Gainesville, Florida) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Gainesville 6,582 +757 +2,594

Number of Unemployed Persons

Gainesville, Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Gainesville
Unemployment Rate
Gainesville
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7%
November
2020
6.7% 6.4% 4.6% 6,582
October
2020
6.9% 6.4% 4.1% 5,825
September
2020
7.8% 7.2% 4.2% 5,842
August
2020
8.4% 7.3% 4.7% 6,618
July
2020
10.2% 11.4% 7.2% 9,854
June
2020
11.1% 10.3% 6.0% 8,144
May
2020
13.3% 13.7% 8.2% 10,855
April
2020
14.8% 13.8% 9.2% 11,871
March
2020
4.4% 4.4% 4.0% 5,875
February
2020
3.5% 2.8% 2.7% 3,995
January
2020
3.5% 2.8% 2.7% 3,998

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.