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Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Tampa fell 0.1 percentage points in July 2022 to 2.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Florida rate. The unemployment rate in Tampa peaked in May 2020 at 13.4% and is now 10.8 percentage points lower. You can also compare Tampa unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.1 -1.9
Florida 2.7% -0.1 -1.8
Tampa 2.6% -0.1 -1.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2022 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 May 2020 at 204,455. There are now 162,298 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Tampa employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Tampa, Florida) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Tampa 42,157 -1,312 -23,880

Number of Unemployed Persons

Tampa, Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Tampa
Unemployment Rate
Tampa
Unemployed
August
2022
3.7%
July
2022
3.5% 2.7% 2.6% 42,157
June
2022
3.6% 2.8% 2.7% 43,469
May
2022
3.6% 2.9% 2.8% 44,598
April
2022
3.6% 3.0% 2.9% 46,282
March
2022
3.6% 3.2% 3.0% 48,337
February
2022
3.8% 3.3% 3.2% 50,605
January
2022
4.0% 3.5% 3.3% 52,451
December
2021
3.9% 3.5% 3.4% 54,832
November
2021
4.2% 3.5% 3.4% 54,473
October
2021
4.6% 3.7% 3.5% 54,948
September
2021
4.7% 3.9% 3.7% 57,949

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.