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Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, Florida Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Miami fell 0.2 percentage points in February 2019 to 3.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the Florida rate. The unemployment rate in Miami peaked in January 2010 at 11.2% and is now 7.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.1% in September 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Miami unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Florida 3.5% +0.1 -0.4
Miami 3.5% -0.2 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March 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 January 2010 at 309,577. There are now 196,915 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 98,562 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 14,100. Miami employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Miami, Florida) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Miami 112,662 -7,621 -21,332

Number of Unemployed Persons

Miami, Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Miami
Unemployment Rate
Miami
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 3.5%
February
2019
3.8% 3.5% 3.5% 112,662
January
2019
4.0% 3.4% 3.7% 120,283
December
2018
3.9% 3.3% 3.4% 109,038
November
2018
3.7% 3.3% 3.2% 100,700
October
2018
3.8% 3.3% 3.2% 99,120
September
2018
3.7% 3.3% 3.1% 98,562
August
2018
3.8% 3.4% 3.5% 111,006
July
2018
3.9% 3.5% 3.7% 117,540
June
2018
4.0% 3.6% 3.7% 118,262
May
2018
3.8% 3.7% 3.8% 119,008
April
2018
3.9% 3.7% 4.0% 127,175

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.