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Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Orlando rose 0.1 percentage points in February 2021 to 6.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.5 percentage points higher than the Florida rate. The unemployment rate in Orlando peaked in May 2020 at 21.3% and is now 15.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.1% in January 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Orlando unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Florida 4.7% -0.1 +1.4
Orlando 6.2% +0.1 +3.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 data as March 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 276,292. There are now 197,191 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 77,548 in January 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,553. Orlando employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Orlando, Florida) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Orlando 79,101 +1,553 +40,552

Number of Unemployed Persons

Orlando, Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Orlando
Unemployment Rate
Orlando
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 4.7% 6.2% 79,101
January
2021
6.3% 4.8% 6.1% 77,548
December
2020
6.7% 5.1% 7.1% 92,057
November
2020
6.7% 5.4% 7.5% 97,031
October
2020
6.9% 5.8% 8.1% 104,836
September
2020
7.8% 7.2% 9.3% 121,252
August
2020
8.4% 7.9% 10.7% 141,663
July
2020
10.2% 11.5% 15.3% 204,512
June
2020
11.1% 11.6% 16.1% 205,156
May
2020
13.3% 14.2% 21.3% 276,292
April
2020
14.8% 14.0% 17.1% 219,384

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.