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Lakeland-Winter Haven, Florida Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lakeland fell 0.2 percentage points in March 2022 to 3.8%. 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 14.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Lakeland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% -0.2 -2.4
Florida 3.2% -0.1 -2.2
Lakeland 3.8% -0.2 -2.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with March 2022 data as April 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 47,446 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Lakeland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lakeland, Florida) is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Lakeland 12,794 -532 -7,835

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lakeland, Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Lakeland
Unemployment Rate
Lakeland
Unemployed
April
2022
3.6%
March
2022
3.6% 3.2% 3.8% 12,794
February
2022
3.8% 3.3% 4.0% 13,326
January
2022
4.0% 3.5% 4.1% 13,752
December
2021
3.9% 3.5% 4.3% 14,317
November
2021
4.2% 3.5% 4.3% 14,225
October
2021
4.6% 3.7% 4.3% 14,351
September
2021
4.7% 3.9% 4.6% 15,155
August
2021
5.2% 4.3% 4.9% 16,251
July
2021
5.4% 4.5% 5.3% 17,421
June
2021
5.9% 4.8% 5.6% 18,448
May
2021
5.8% 4.9% 5.9% 19,249

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.