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Jacksonville, Florida Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Jacksonville rose 0.4 percentage points in November 2020 to 5.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points lower than the Florida rate. The unemployment rate in Jacksonville peaked in April 2020 at 11.4% and is now 6.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.8% in September 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Jacksonville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Florida 6.3% -0.1 +3.5
Jacksonville 5.2% +0.4 +2.4
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: 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 81,214. There are now 41,247 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 36,672 in October 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,295. Jacksonville employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Jacksonville, Florida) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Jacksonville 39,967 +3,295 +17,422

Number of Unemployed Persons

Jacksonville, Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Jacksonville
Unemployment Rate
Jacksonville
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7% 6.1%
November
2020
6.7% 6.3% 5.2% 39,967
October
2020
6.9% 6.4% 4.8% 36,672
September
2020
7.8% 7.2% 4.8% 36,808
August
2020
8.4% 7.3% 5.6% 42,702
July
2020
10.2% 11.4% 8.5% 63,722
June
2020
11.1% 10.3% 7.5% 55,038
May
2020
13.3% 13.7% 10.6% 76,789
April
2020
14.8% 13.8% 11.4% 81,214
March
2020
4.4% 4.4% 4.4% 34,613
February
2020
3.5% 2.8% 2.9% 23,194
January
2020
3.5% 2.8% 2.9% 22,905

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.