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Lakeland-Winter Haven, Florida Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lakeland rose 4.9 percentage points in May 2020 to 19.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 4.9 percentage points higher than the Florida rate. The unemployment rate for Lakeland in May 2020 is at a new high. You can also compare Lakeland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Florida 14.5% +0.7 +11.3
Lakeland 19.4% +4.9 +15.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 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 in May 2020 is at a new high of 60,753. Lakeland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lakeland, Florida) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Lakeland 60,753 +19,103 +49,069

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lakeland, Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Lakeland
Unemployment Rate
Lakeland
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1%
May
2020
13.3% 14.5% 19.4% 60,753
April
2020
14.7% 13.8% 14.5% 41,650
March
2020
4.4% 4.4% 5.1% 15,672
February
2020
3.5% 2.8% 3.4% 10,595
January
2020
3.6% 2.8% 3.4% 10,465
December
2019
3.5% 2.9% 3.3% 10,194
November
2019
3.5% 2.8% 3.3% 10,285
October
2019
3.6% 2.9% 3.4% 10,426
September
2019
3.5% 2.9% 3.4% 10,603
August
2019
3.7% 3.0% 3.5% 10,825
July
2019
3.7% 3.1% 3.6% 11,088

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.