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Lakeland-Winter Haven, Florida Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lakeland fell 0.1 percentage points in August 2021 to 5.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the Florida rate. The unemployment rate in Lakeland peaked in May 2020 at 18.9% and is now 13.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.0% in December 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Lakeland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.2% -0.2 -3.2
Florida 5.0% -0.1 -2.9
Lakeland 5.4% -0.1 -3.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2021 data as September 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 61,569. There are now 43,967 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 15,567 in December 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,035. Lakeland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lakeland, Florida) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Lakeland 17,602 -247 -10,193

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lakeland, Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Lakeland
Unemployment Rate
Lakeland
Unemployed
September
2021
4.8% 4.9%
August
2021
5.2% 5.0% 5.4% 17,602
July
2021
5.4% 5.1% 5.5% 17,849
June
2021
5.9% 5.0% 6.3% 20,435
May
2021
5.8% 4.9% 6.3% 20,530
April
2021
6.1% 4.8% 6.7% 21,697
March
2021
6.0% 4.7% 6.2% 20,094
February
2021
6.2% 4.7% 5.9% 18,867
January
2021
6.3% 4.8% 5.8% 18,325
December
2020
6.7% 5.1% 5.0% 15,567
November
2020
6.7% 5.4% 5.5% 17,109
October
2020
6.9% 5.8% 6.2% 19,421

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.