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Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, Florida Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Miami fell 0.0 percentage points in August 2021 to 5.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the Florida rate. The unemployment rate in Miami peaked in May 2020 at 14.0% and is now 8.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.3% in July 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Miami 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
Miami 5.3% 0.0 -3.3
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: Miami, Florida, National

Miami, Florida monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Miami, Florida Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Miami peaked in May 2020 at 407,125. There are now 240,640 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Miami employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Miami, Florida) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Miami 166,485 -557 -93,252

Number of Unemployed Persons

Miami, Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Miami
Unemployment Rate
Miami
Unemployed
September
2021
4.8%
August
2021
5.2% 5.0% 5.3% 166,485
July
2021
5.4% 5.1% 5.3% 167,042
June
2021
5.9% 5.0% 6.0% 186,785
May
2021
5.8% 4.9% 6.1% 187,201
April
2021
6.1% 4.8% 6.2% 190,217
March
2021
6.0% 4.7% 6.4% 192,758
February
2021
6.2% 4.7% 6.4% 194,508
January
2021
6.3% 4.8% 6.7% 201,194
December
2020
6.7% 5.1% 6.1% 181,624
November
2020
6.7% 5.4% 6.4% 191,800
October
2020
6.9% 5.8% 6.9% 206,666

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.