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Jacksonville, Florida Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Jacksonville fell 0.2 percentage points in April 2021 to 4.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the Florida rate. The unemployment rate in Jacksonville peaked in April 2020 at 11.9% and is now 7.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.1% in December 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.7 percentage points. You can also compare Jacksonville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.1% +0.1 -8.7
Florida 4.8% +0.1 -9.2
Jacksonville 4.8% -0.2 -7.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2021 data as May metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Jacksonville, Florida, National

Jacksonville, Florida monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Jacksonville, Florida Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Jacksonville peaked in April 2020 at 88,420. There are now 49,360 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 31,914 in December 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 7,146. Jacksonville employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Jacksonville, Florida) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Jacksonville 39,060 -1,427 -49,360

Number of Unemployed Persons

Jacksonville, Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Jacksonville
Unemployment Rate
Jacksonville
Unemployed
May
2021
5.8%
April
2021
6.1% 4.8% 4.8% 39,060
March
2021
6.0% 4.7% 5.0% 40,487
February
2021
6.2% 4.7% 4.9% 39,169
January
2021
6.3% 4.8% 4.5% 35,673
December
2020
6.7% 5.1% 4.1% 31,914
November
2020
6.7% 5.4% 4.2% 32,827
October
2020
6.9% 5.8% 4.5% 34,782
September
2020
7.8% 7.2% 5.0% 38,990
August
2020
8.4% 7.9% 5.8% 44,756
July
2020
10.2% 11.5% 8.7% 67,161
June
2020
11.1% 11.6% 8.6% 65,285

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.