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Lakeland-Winter Haven, Florida Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lakeland fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2021 to 5.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points higher than the Florida rate. The unemployment rate in Lakeland peaked in May 2020 at 18.0% and is now 12.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.5% in January 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Lakeland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Florida 4.7% -0.1 +1.4
Lakeland 5.5% 0.0 +2.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 data as March metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Lakeland, Florida, National

Lakeland, Florida monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Lakeland, Florida Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Lakeland peaked in May 2020 at 55,118. There are now 37,585 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 17,412 in January 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 121. Lakeland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lakeland, Florida) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Lakeland 17,533 +121 +6,938

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lakeland, Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Lakeland
Unemployment Rate
Lakeland
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 4.7% 5.5% 17,533
January
2021
6.3% 4.8% 5.5% 17,412
December
2020
6.7% 5.1% 7.1% 21,872
November
2020
6.7% 5.4% 7.2% 21,970
October
2020
6.9% 5.8% 7.0% 21,183
September
2020
7.8% 7.2% 7.8% 23,732
August
2020
8.4% 7.9% 8.7% 26,981
July
2020
10.2% 11.5% 12.8% 38,743
June
2020
11.1% 11.6% 13.4% 40,333
May
2020
13.3% 14.2% 18.0% 55,118
April
2020
14.8% 14.0% 14.5% 41,650

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.