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Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Orlando fell 4.4 percentage points in August 2020 to 10.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 3.6 percentage points higher than the Florida rate. The unemployment rate in Orlando peaked in May 2020 at 21.3% and is now 10.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare Orlando unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 8.4% -1.8 +4.7
Florida 7.3% -4.1 +4.3
Orlando 10.9% -4.4 +8.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2020 data as September 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 131,005 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Orlando employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Orlando, Florida) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Orlando 145,287 -59,225 +105,879

Number of Unemployed Persons

Orlando, Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Orlando
Unemployment Rate
Orlando
Unemployed
September
2020
7.9% 7.6%
August
2020
8.4% 7.3% 10.9% 145,287
July
2020
10.2% 11.4% 15.3% 204,512
June
2020
11.1% 10.3% 16.1% 205,156
May
2020
13.3% 13.7% 21.3% 276,292
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

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.