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Jacksonville, Florida Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Jacksonville fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2018 to 2.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the Florida rate. The unemployment rate in Jacksonville peaked in February 2010 at 11.0% and is now 8.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.9% in September 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Jacksonville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Florida 3.4% -0.1 -0.5
Jacksonville 2.9% 0.0 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 March 2010 at 76,008. There are now 53,317 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 22,313 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 378. Jacksonville employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Jacksonville, Florida) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Jacksonville 22,691 +378 -5,262

Number of Unemployed Persons

Jacksonville, Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Jacksonville
Unemployment Rate
Jacksonville
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.4% 2.9% 22,691
September
2018
3.7% 3.5% 2.9% 22,313
August
2018
3.9% 3.7% 3.3% 25,420
July
2018
3.9% 3.7% 3.4% 26,807
June
2018
4.0% 3.8% 3.4% 26,516
May
2018
3.8% 3.8% 3.4% 26,064
April
2018
3.9% 3.9% 3.5% 27,226
March
2018
4.1% 3.9% 3.6% 28,125
February
2018
4.1% 3.9% 3.6% 27,908
January
2018
4.1% 3.9% 3.7% 28,400
December
2017
4.1% 3.9% 3.6% 27,663

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.