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Lakeland-Winter Haven, Florida Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lakeland fell 0.0 percentage points in November 2022 to 3.2%. 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 May 2020 at 18.3% and is now 15.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.2% in September 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Lakeland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% -0.1 -0.6
Florida 2.6% -0.1 -0.9
Lakeland 3.2% 0.0 -1.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2022 data as December 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 60,240. There are now 49,411 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 10,706 in September 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 123. Lakeland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lakeland, Florida) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Lakeland 10,829 +93 -3,396

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lakeland, Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Lakeland
Unemployment Rate
Lakeland
Unemployed
December
2022
3.5%
November
2022
3.6% 2.6% 3.2% 10,829
October
2022
3.7% 2.7% 3.2% 10,736
September
2022
3.5% 2.5% 3.2% 10,706
August
2022
3.7% 2.7% 3.3% 10,953
July
2022
3.5% 2.7% 3.4% 11,273
June
2022
3.6% 2.8% 3.5% 11,675
May
2022
3.6% 2.9% 3.6% 11,936
April
2022
3.6% 3.0% 3.7% 12,342
March
2022
3.6% 3.2% 3.8% 12,796
February
2022
3.8% 3.3% 4.0% 13,326
January
2022
4.0% 3.5% 4.1% 13,752

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.