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Ocala, Florida Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Ocala rose 0.1 percentage points in February 2021 to 4.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Florida rate. The unemployment rate in Ocala peaked in January 2010 at 13.9% and is now 9.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.4% in November 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.9 percentage points. You can also compare Ocala unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Florida 4.7% -0.1 +1.4
Ocala 4.3% +0.1 +0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 data as March metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Ocala, Florida, National

Ocala, Florida monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Ocala, Florida Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Ocala peaked in January 2010 at 18,379. There are now 12,296 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,698 in December 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,385. Ocala employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Ocala, Florida) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Ocala 6,083 +147 +1,174

Number of Unemployed Persons

Ocala, Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Ocala
Unemployment Rate
Ocala
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 4.7% 4.3% 6,083
January
2021
6.3% 4.8% 4.2% 5,936
December
2020
6.7% 5.1% 5.5% 7,799
November
2020
6.7% 5.4% 5.4% 7,568
October
2020
6.9% 5.8% 5.3% 7,323
September
2020
7.8% 7.2% 5.3% 7,398
August
2020
8.4% 7.9% 6.1% 8,425
July
2020
10.2% 11.5% 9.2% 12,352
June
2020
11.1% 11.6% 8.1% 10,683
May
2020
13.3% 14.2% 10.9% 14,424
April
2020
14.8% 14.0% 12.5% 16,082

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.