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Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Orlando fell 0.8 percentage points in July 2021 to 5.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the Florida rate. The unemployment rate in Orlando peaked in May 2020 at 22.8% and is now 17.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.9% in December 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Orlando 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
Orlando 5.3% -0.8 -10.1
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: Orlando, Florida, National

Orlando, Florida monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Orlando, Florida Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Orlando peaked in May 2020 at 307,766. There are now 238,086 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 61,059 in December 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 8,621. Orlando employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Orlando, Florida) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Orlando 69,680 -10,500 -131,975

Number of Unemployed Persons

Orlando, Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Orlando
Unemployment Rate
Orlando
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 5.1% 5.3% 69,680
June
2021
5.9% 5.0% 6.1% 80,180
May
2021
5.8% 4.9% 5.8% 75,014
April
2021
6.1% 4.8% 6.2% 79,441
March
2021
6.0% 4.7% 5.8% 74,478
February
2021
6.2% 4.7% 5.5% 69,535
January
2021
6.3% 4.8% 6.5% 82,576
December
2020
6.7% 5.1% 4.9% 61,059
November
2020
6.7% 5.4% 6.0% 74,840
October
2020
6.9% 5.8% 6.9% 87,226
September
2020
7.8% 7.2% 8.7% 110,755

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.