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Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Tampa fell 0.6 percentage points in July 2021 to 4.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Florida rate. The unemployment rate in Tampa peaked in April 2020 at 14.2% and is now 9.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.0% in December 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.8 percentage points. You can also compare Tampa 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
Tampa 4.8% -0.6 -5.6
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: Tampa, Florida, National

Tampa, Florida monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Tampa, Florida Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Tampa peaked in April 2020 at 213,065. There are now 136,097 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 60,938 in December 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 16,030. Tampa employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Tampa, Florida) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Tampa 76,968 -11,294 -83,996

Number of Unemployed Persons

Tampa, Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Tampa
Unemployment Rate
Tampa
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 5.1% 4.8% 76,968
June
2021
5.9% 5.0% 5.4% 88,262
May
2021
5.8% 4.9% 5.1% 82,753
April
2021
6.1% 4.8% 5.4% 86,216
March
2021
6.0% 4.7% 5.0% 78,605
February
2021
6.2% 4.7% 4.8% 74,785
January
2021
6.3% 4.8% 4.6% 71,114
December
2020
6.7% 5.1% 4.0% 60,938
November
2020
6.7% 5.4% 4.3% 66,574
October
2020
6.9% 5.8% 4.9% 75,057
September
2020
7.8% 7.2% 5.7% 87,442

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.