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Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, Florida Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Miami fell 0.1 percentage points in May 2021 to 6.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points higher than the Florida rate. The unemployment rate in Miami peaked in May 2020 at 14.0% and is now 7.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.1% in December 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Miami unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
Florida 4.9% +0.1 -9.3
Miami 6.1% -0.1 -7.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2021 data as June 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 219,941 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 181,624 in December 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 5,560. Miami employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Miami, Florida) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Miami 187,184 -3,033 -219,941

Number of Unemployed Persons

Miami, Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Miami
Unemployment Rate
Miami
Unemployed
June
2021
5.9%
May
2021
5.8% 4.9% 6.1% 187,184
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
September
2020
7.8% 7.2% 9.4% 289,003
August
2020
8.4% 7.9% 8.6% 259,737
July
2020
10.2% 11.5% 13.5% 404,792

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.