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Lakeland-Winter Haven, Florida Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lakeland fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2018 to 3.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Florida rate. The unemployment rate in Lakeland peaked in November 2010 at 12.4% and is now 9.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.3% in September 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Lakeland 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
Lakeland 3.3% 0.0 -1.0
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: 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 24,442 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 203. Lakeland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lakeland, Florida) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Lakeland 10,007 +203 -2,567

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lakeland, Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Lakeland
Unemployment Rate
Lakeland
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.4% 3.3% 10,007
September
2018
3.7% 3.5% 3.3% 9,804
August
2018
3.9% 3.7% 3.8% 11,380
July
2018
3.9% 3.7% 4.0% 12,077
June
2018
4.0% 3.8% 4.2% 12,439
May
2018
3.8% 3.8% 4.1% 12,288
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

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.