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Lakeland-Winter Haven, Florida Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lakeland fell 0.2 percentage points in May 2018 to 4.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the Florida rate. The unemployment rate in Lakeland peaked in November 2010 at 12.4% and is now 8.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare Lakeland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.1 -0.5
Florida 3.8% -0.1 -0.4
Lakeland 4.1% -0.2 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2018 data as June 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 November 2010 at 34,449. There are now 22,164 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Lakeland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lakeland, Florida) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Lakeland 12,285 -681 -1,759

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lakeland, Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Lakeland
Unemployment Rate
Lakeland
Unemployed
June
2018
4.0%
May
2018
3.8% 3.8% 4.1% 12,285
April
2018
3.9% 3.9% 4.3% 12,966
March
2018
4.1% 3.9% 4.4% 13,320
February
2018
4.1% 3.9% 4.4% 13,176
January
2018
4.1% 3.9% 4.4% 13,215
December
2017
4.1% 3.9% 4.3% 12,773
November
2017
4.1% 3.9% 4.3% 12,787
October
2017
4.1% 3.9% 4.3% 12,574
September
2017
4.2% 3.9% 4.2% 12,505
August
2017
4.4% 4.0% 4.3% 12,709
July
2017
4.3% 4.1% 4.4% 13,031

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.