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Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Orlando fell 0.1 percentage points in April 2018 to 3.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the Florida rate. The unemployment rate in Orlando peaked in December 2009 at 11.3% and is now 7.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.4% in December 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Orlando unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.9% -0.2 -0.5
Florida 3.9% 0.0 -0.4
Orlando 3.4% -0.1 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2018 data as May 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 November 2010 at 127,546. There are now 82,729 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Orlando employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Orlando, Florida) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Orlando 44,817 -1,604 -6,571

Number of Unemployed Persons

Orlando, Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Orlando
Unemployment Rate
Orlando
Unemployed
May
2018
3.8% 3.8%
April
2018
3.9% 3.9% 3.4% 44,817
March
2018
4.1% 3.9% 3.5% 46,421
February
2018
4.1% 3.9% 3.5% 46,290
January
2018
4.1% 3.9% 3.5% 46,776
December
2017
4.1% 3.9% 3.4% 45,595
November
2017
4.1% 3.9% 3.5% 45,917
October
2017
4.1% 3.9% 3.5% 45,787
September
2017
4.2% 3.9% 3.5% 46,263
August
2017
4.4% 4.0% 3.6% 47,084
July
2017
4.3% 4.1% 3.7% 47,711
June
2017
4.3% 4.1% 3.8% 48,872

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.