Department of Numbers

Ocala, Florida Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Ocala fell 0.4 percentage points in May 2020 to 12.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.4 percentage points lower than the Florida rate. The unemployment rate in Ocala peaked in January 2010 at 13.9% and is now 1.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.4% in November 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 8.7 percentage points. You can also compare Ocala unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Florida 14.5% +0.7 +11.3
Ocala 12.1% -0.4 +8.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 2,345 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 11,336. Ocala employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Ocala, Florida) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Ocala 16,034 -48 +10,535

Number of Unemployed Persons

Ocala, Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Ocala
Unemployment Rate
Ocala
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1%
May
2020
13.3% 14.5% 12.1% 16,034
April
2020
14.7% 13.8% 12.5% 16,082
March
2020
4.4% 4.4% 5.3% 7,317
February
2020
3.5% 2.8% 3.5% 4,909
January
2020
3.6% 2.8% 3.5% 4,866
December
2019
3.5% 2.9% 3.4% 4,698
November
2019
3.5% 2.8% 3.4% 4,767
October
2019
3.6% 2.9% 3.5% 4,856
September
2019
3.5% 2.9% 3.6% 4,963
August
2019
3.7% 3.0% 3.7% 5,088
July
2019
3.7% 3.1% 3.8% 5,222

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.