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Lakeland-Winter Haven, Florida Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lakeland fell 0.1 percentage points in July 2019 to 3.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points higher than the Florida rate. The unemployment rate in Lakeland peaked in December 2009 at 12.3% and is now 8.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.7% in September 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Lakeland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
Florida 3.3% -0.1 -0.2
Lakeland 3.8% -0.1 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 data as August 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 October 2010 at 34,262. There are now 22,682 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 11,195 in October 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 385. Lakeland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lakeland, Florida) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Lakeland 11,580 -255 -79

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lakeland, Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Lakeland
Unemployment Rate
Lakeland
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 3.3%
July
2019
3.7% 3.3% 3.8% 11,580
June
2019
3.7% 3.4% 3.9% 11,835
May
2019
3.6% 3.4% 4.0% 11,929
April
2019
3.6% 3.5% 4.0% 11,992
March
2019
3.8% 3.5% 4.0% 12,021
February
2019
3.8% 3.5% 3.9% 11,879
January
2019
4.0% 3.4% 3.9% 11,671
December
2018
3.9% 3.3% 3.8% 11,350
November
2018
3.7% 3.3% 3.7% 11,295
October
2018
3.8% 3.3% 3.7% 11,195

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.