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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 October 2018 to 2.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the Florida rate. The unemployment rate in Tampa peaked in December 2009 at 11.9% and is now 9.0 percentage points lower. You can also compare Tampa unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Florida 3.4% -0.1 -0.5
Tampa 2.9% -0.1 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 November 2010 at 154,803. There are now 109,463 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Tampa employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Tampa, Florida) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Tampa 45,340 -20 -10,281

Number of Unemployed Persons

Tampa, Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Tampa
Unemployment Rate
Tampa
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.4% 2.9% 45,340
September
2018
3.7% 3.5% 3.0% 45,360
August
2018
3.9% 3.7% 3.4% 52,238
July
2018
3.9% 3.7% 3.5% 54,168
June
2018
4.0% 3.8% 3.5% 54,288
May
2018
3.8% 3.8% 3.4% 52,817
April
2018
3.9% 3.9% 3.6% 55,285
March
2018
4.1% 3.9% 3.7% 56,883
February
2018
4.1% 3.9% 3.6% 56,168
January
2018
4.1% 3.9% 3.7% 56,501
December
2017
4.1% 3.9% 3.6% 55,075

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.