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Lakeland-Winter Haven, Florida Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lakeland fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2019 to 4.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 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. From a post peak low of 3.3% in September 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.8 percentage points. You can also compare Lakeland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Florida 3.5% +0.1 -0.4
Lakeland 4.1% -0.1 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 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 November 2010 at 34,449. There are now 22,114 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 9,804 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,531. Lakeland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lakeland, Florida) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Lakeland 12,335 -266 -841

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lakeland, Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Lakeland
Unemployment Rate
Lakeland
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 3.5%
February
2019
3.8% 3.5% 4.1% 12,335
January
2019
4.0% 3.4% 4.2% 12,601
December
2018
3.9% 3.3% 3.8% 11,463
November
2018
3.7% 3.3% 3.4% 10,281
October
2018
3.8% 3.3% 3.3% 10,007
September
2018
3.7% 3.3% 3.3% 9,804
August
2018
3.8% 3.4% 3.8% 11,380
July
2018
3.9% 3.5% 4.0% 12,077
June
2018
4.0% 3.6% 4.2% 12,439
May
2018
3.8% 3.7% 4.1% 12,288
April
2018
3.9% 3.7% 4.3% 12,966

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.