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Jacksonville, Florida Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Jacksonville rose 1.5 percentage points in March 2020 to 4.4%. 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 January 2010 at 10.9% and is now 6.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.8% in November 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.6 percentage points. You can also compare Jacksonville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% +0.9 +0.6
Florida 4.4% +1.6 +1.0
Jacksonville 4.4% +1.5 +1.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with March 2020 data as April 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 September 2010 at 75,392. There are now 41,026 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 22,404 in December 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 11,962. Jacksonville employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Jacksonville, Florida) is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Jacksonville 34,366 +11,172 +8,144

Number of Unemployed Persons

Jacksonville, Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Jacksonville
Unemployment Rate
Jacksonville
Unemployed
April
2020
14.7% 12.9%
March
2020
4.4% 4.4% 4.4% 34,366
February
2020
3.5% 2.8% 2.9% 23,194
January
2020
3.6% 2.8% 2.9% 22,905
December
2019
3.5% 2.9% 2.8% 22,404
November
2019
3.5% 2.8% 2.8% 22,545
October
2019
3.6% 2.9% 2.9% 22,758
September
2019
3.5% 2.9% 2.9% 23,021
August
2019
3.7% 3.0% 3.0% 23,355
July
2019
3.7% 3.1% 3.0% 23,781
June
2019
3.7% 3.2% 3.1% 24,313
May
2019
3.6% 3.2% 3.2% 24,962

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.