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Ocala, Florida Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Ocala fell 0.5 percentage points in July 2021 to 6.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points higher than the Florida rate. The unemployment rate in Ocala peaked in January 2010 at 13.4% and is now 7.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.9% in August 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 2.3 percentage points. You can also compare Ocala unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Florida 5.1% +0.1 -6.4
Ocala 6.2% -0.5 -3.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August 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 February 2010 at 17,555. There are now 8,393 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,452 in October 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,710. Ocala employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Ocala, Florida) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Ocala 9,162 -659 -4,092

Number of Unemployed Persons

Ocala, Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Ocala
Unemployment Rate
Ocala
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 5.1% 6.2% 9,162
June
2021
5.9% 5.0% 6.7% 9,821
May
2021
5.8% 4.9% 6.1% 8,906
April
2021
6.1% 4.8% 6.4% 9,378
March
2021
6.0% 4.7% 6.3% 9,122
February
2021
6.2% 4.7% 5.9% 8,454
January
2021
6.3% 4.8% 5.2% 7,355
December
2020
6.7% 5.1% 4.8% 6,751
November
2020
6.7% 5.4% 4.9% 6,894
October
2020
6.9% 5.8% 5.2% 7,254
September
2020
7.8% 7.2% 5.9% 8,113

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.