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Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Orlando fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2019 to 3.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Florida rate. The unemployment rate in Orlando peaked in December 2009 at 11.3% and is now 8.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.7% in October 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also compare Orlando unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Florida 3.5% +0.1 -0.4
Orlando 3.3% -0.1 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 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 November 2010 at 127,546. There are now 82,933 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 37,056 in October 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 7,557. Orlando employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Orlando, Florida) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Orlando 44,613 -1,605 -1,677

Number of Unemployed Persons

Orlando, Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Orlando
Unemployment Rate
Orlando
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 3.5%
February
2019
3.8% 3.5% 3.3% 44,613
January
2019
4.0% 3.4% 3.4% 46,218
December
2018
3.9% 3.3% 3.0% 41,576
November
2018
3.7% 3.3% 2.7% 37,422
October
2018
3.8% 3.3% 2.7% 37,056
September
2018
3.7% 3.3% 2.8% 37,139
August
2018
3.8% 3.4% 3.2% 43,133
July
2018
3.9% 3.5% 3.3% 44,886
June
2018
4.0% 3.6% 3.3% 44,502
May
2018
3.8% 3.7% 3.2% 43,045
April
2018
3.9% 3.7% 3.4% 44,852

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.