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Ocala, Florida Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Ocala fell 0.2 percentage points in February 2019 to 4.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points higher than the Florida rate. The unemployment rate in Ocala peaked in February 2010 at 14.0% and is now 9.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in October 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also compare Ocala 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
Ocala 4.2% -0.2 -0.3
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: 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 18,526. There are now 12,697 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,962 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 867. Ocala employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Ocala, Florida) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Ocala 5,829 -228 -302

Number of Unemployed Persons

Ocala, Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Ocala
Unemployment Rate
Ocala
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 3.5%
February
2019
3.8% 3.5% 4.2% 5,829
January
2019
4.0% 3.4% 4.4% 6,057
December
2018
3.9% 3.3% 4.0% 5,524
November
2018
3.7% 3.3% 3.7% 5,044
October
2018
3.8% 3.3% 3.6% 4,965
September
2018
3.7% 3.3% 3.7% 4,962
August
2018
3.8% 3.4% 4.3% 5,757
July
2018
3.9% 3.5% 4.5% 6,073
June
2018
4.0% 3.6% 4.4% 6,038
May
2018
3.8% 3.7% 4.3% 5,838
April
2018
3.9% 3.7% 4.5% 6,076

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.