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Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Orlando rose 5.8 percentage points in May 2020 to 22.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 8.4 percentage points higher than the Florida rate. The unemployment rate for Orlando in May 2020 is at a new high. You can also compare Orlando 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
Orlando 22.9% +5.8 +19.8
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: Orlando, Florida, National

Orlando, Florida monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Orlando, Florida Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Orlando in May 2020 is at a new high of 302,278. Orlando employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Orlando, Florida) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Orlando 302,278 +82,894 +260,450

Number of Unemployed Persons

Orlando, Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Orlando
Unemployment Rate
Orlando
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1%
May
2020
13.3% 14.5% 22.9% 302,278
April
2020
14.7% 13.8% 17.1% 219,384
March
2020
4.4% 4.4% 4.3% 57,911
February
2020
3.5% 2.8% 2.8% 38,549
January
2020
3.6% 2.8% 2.8% 38,218
December
2019
3.5% 2.9% 2.7% 37,192
November
2019
3.5% 2.8% 2.7% 37,602
October
2019
3.6% 2.9% 2.8% 38,136
September
2019
3.5% 2.9% 2.8% 38,739
August
2019
3.7% 3.0% 2.9% 39,408
July
2019
3.7% 3.1% 3.0% 40,133

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.